As people grow older, a lifetime of experience combined with physical problems associated with aging often make senior citizens fearful. Although they may be on the look out for burglary and physical attack, they’re not always as cautious for crimes such as con games and fraud.
Safety tips while in the Community:
- Be alert of all surroundings no matter where you may be.
- Carry your purse close to your body, never leave it unattended.
- Be sure to keep your wallet in your pocket and make sure to keep a rubber band wrapped around your wallet so that it is not easily accessed.
- Never carry large amounts of cash in your wallet, purse or pockets.
- If riding public transportation, be sure to sit closely to the driver or the “exit”.
- Always look around if you are entering or exiting a vehicle. Once you’re safe inside, make sure to lock all doors and windows.
Safety tips while at home:
- Instead of having any pension checks or your social security mailed to your home, sign up for direct deposit. Look into free checking accounts at your bank. Many banks have that option for senior citizens.
- Make sure all windows and doors are securely locked and shut. Try to install a home security system as well.
- Ask for any type of identification from delivery people before letting them into your homes.
- Do not be misinformed or misled by con artist who present investment schemes.
- Be sure to be very aware and suspicious of telemarketers who ask for your information over the phone. Tell them to mail you any information. If they ask you for your address, do not give it to them.
If you have a loved one or know anyone who has concerns with safety for senior citizens, please call us at (914)-967-5111. We are dedicated to assist you with any questions, concerns and resources that you may require.
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