Senior Safety Tips

Senior safety tips for the elderly is something that concerns everyone who either is a senior or has parents or grandparents who are in that category.

Society today is very different then it was when you could trust people more. Many unscrupulous people see senior citizens as easy targets' who will offer little resistance.

Here are some more common sense Senior Safety tips you can use to stay safe:

When Driving:

  • Always lock your car doors. Never leave keys in the ignition when you leave the car, even for a few minutes.

  • When you drive, keep the doors locked and windows up. Park in well-lighted busy areas.

  • Don't leave packages or other tempting articles in view in a locked car. Lock them in the trunk.

  • Never,never pick up hitchhikers.

  • If you have car problems, be especially wary of strangers who offer help. Stay in the car and ask them to call a service truck and law enforcement.

On the Bus or Trolley:

  • Use busy, well lighted stops.

  • Don't fall asleep. Stay alert!

  • Watch who gets on or off the bus or trolley with you. If you feel uneasy, walk directly to a place where there are other people.

  • When using the bus or other public transportation, sit near the drive if possible.

When You Are at Home:

  • Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you are inside.

  • Protect windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security devices.

    • Never let strangers in your home without checking their identification. Call their company if you are not sure. Install a viewer in your door and use it.

    • Use only your first initial in phone books, directories, and apartment lobbies. If you live alone, don't advertise it.

    • Be sensible about keys. Don't put an address tag on your key ring, and don't hide and extra key under a doormat or flower pot.

    • Hang up immediately on harassing or obscene phone calls. If the caller persists, call law enforcement and the phone company.

    • Engrave your valuables with a unique identification number recommended by the Crime Prevention Unit.

    • Keep bonds, stock certificates, seldom worn jewelry, and stamp and coin collections in a safe deposit box.

    • For an extra measure of protection, don't keep large amounts of cash at home.

    • Use Direct Deposit for Social Security or pension checks.

    • Keep emergency numbers for police and fire agencies handy.

    Out and About:

    • Go with a friend whenever possible.

    • Stay alert and tuned into your surroundings. Don't daydream.

    • Try to walk in a confident, relaxed manner. Make brief eye contact with approaching strangers.

    • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.

    • Try carrying a small change purse with only the money or credit cards that you need, instead of a large handbag with straps. Keep your wallet in an inside jacket or front pants pocket.

    • Don't burden yourself with packages.

    • Walk on well-lighted busy streets. Stay away from vacant lots, alleys, or construction sites. Avoid dark deserted routes, even if they are the shortest.

    • Don't flash cash and other tempting targets such as expensive jewelry.

    • Make sure someone knows where you're going and when you expect to return.

    • Carry change for emergency telephone and transportation use.

    • If a friend or a taxi takes you home, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.

    • Have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle or home.

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