Senior citizens can be easy targets for such
criminals as burglars, con artists, purse snatchers and muggers. Many seniors
feel frightened and helpless., but they do not have to. You can help prevent
crime by learning how criminals operate and how to foil them. Seniors do
not necessarily need physical strength, agility or speed to protect themselves.
What you do need is to BE ALERT, CAUTIOUS and SELF-CONFIDENT!
The following are safety tips which should
be considered by every senior citizen:
Always keep your doors and windows locked. Install
deadbolt locks on all your doors (Remember, double-keyed deadbolts are
against the fire code in Long Beach).
Install a peephole in your front door and always
look through it before opening the door to someone.
Ask for proper identification from delivery
persons or strangers. Don't be afraid of asking if they are legitimate,
they won't mind.
If a stranger asks to use your telephone, offer
to place the call for them NEVER let a stranger into your home.
Never give out information over the phone indicating
your are alone or that you won't be home at a certain time.
Have smoke detectors installed in all sleeping
rooms. Replace the batteries in them once each year.
Mark your valuables with your Utah Driver's
License or identification number preceded by the letters "UT". Burglars
don't want marked merchandise because it is difficult to "fence" and provides
evidence of guilt it they are caught.
WHEN YOU GO OUT:
Before you go out, secure your residence properly,
leaving a light and radio on and locking the doors and windows.
Avoid walking alone. Try to have a friend accompany
you - even during daylight hours.
Walk confidently and at a steady pace. Avoid
doorways, bushes and alleys where someone could hide.
If you carry a purse, don't dangle it from your
arm. Carry it securely between your arm and your body. If a purse snatcher
tries to steal your purse, your personal safety may depend on not trying
to hang on to it.
Don't carry any more cash than necessary. Many
grocery stores accept checks and automatic teller cards instead of cash.
Have your paycheck or Social Security check deposited directly into your