Safety Tips for Seniors
Equip your door with either a dead-bolt lock with a one-inch throw, or a heavy duty drop-bolt lock. The lock should also have a highly pick-resistant cylinder protected by a guard plate. Do not use a dual cylinder lock in a residence.
Consider the purchase of an electronic security system that is monitored on a 24-hours basis by a local, U.L. approved central monitoring station. This type of system affords you the best protection. If an emergency should occur, the authorities would be dispatched for you. The same system can be used to summon medical assistance.
Install a wide-angle peephole to get a fuller view of the outside area.
Do not open the door until you are sure of your visitor's identity.
DO NOT leave a house key under a mat, in the mailbox, or in any other "hiding" area near the door.
If your house keys have been stolen or lost, replace the lock cylinders, immediately.
If you should return home to find your door open or tampered with, DO NOT enter. Go immediately to a trusted neighbor and notify the police.
If awakened at night by an intruder try not to panic. Lie still and, at first opportunity, call the police.
When leaving for an extended period of time, ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail and papers.
On The Street
Use the buddy system. Travel and shop with companions whenever possible, both during the day and at night. There is greater safety in numbers.
Do not carry large sums of money in your purse. Place money, credit cards, identification, and keys in the inside pockets of your clothing.
Do not carry weapons. Concealed weapons are not only illegal, but can be used against you by an attacker.
If you drive, be sure that your car is properly maintained. Keep your gas tank filled and your doors locked.
Park in well-lit areas. You should note the aisle number when parking in larger sized lots. Always check under your vehicle and in the back seat before entering.
If you must carry a purse, carry it close to your body. Do not wrap the strap around your wrist or shoulder.
In the theater or when dining, keep your purse on your lap. Do not place it on the floor, on another seat or on the back of a chair.
If your purse is snatched, let it go. DO NOT fight for it! Anything that is worth fighting for shouldn't be in there in the first place.
"Con artists" are smooth-talking criminals who try to separate you from your money through trickery and deceit. They can be men or women who work alone, in pairs, or in groups. They may stop you on the street, call on the phone, or ring your doorbell pretending to be repair people, building inspectors, bank examiners or any other service person. There are many different kinds of confidence games. To avoid becoming a victim:
Be suspicious of friendly strangers who offer goods or services at low rates.
Beware of friendly strangers who tell you they have found money and want to share it with you.
Be suspicious of telephone calls from someone claiming to be a bank official asking you to withdraw money from your account for any reason. Banks communicate business transactions in writing.
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