Senior Safety

Crime prevention is everyone's responsibility, not just law enforcement. Seniors can learn how to protect themselves from crime by following these simple, common-sense suggestions. Share these tips with your neighbors and friends and make it tough for criminals to work in your neighborhood.

  1. At Home
  2. While You're Out
  3. If Your Car
  4. If You're a Victim
  5. What You Can Do

Protect Your Home

  • Always keep your doors and windows locked. Install dead-bolt locks on all doors.
  • Keep your home well-lit at night, inside and out, and keep your curtains closed at night.
  • Install a peephole in your front door so that you can see visitors without opening the door.
  • Ask for proper identification from delivery persons and strangers. Don't be afraid to ask, if they are legitimate they won't mind.
  • If a stranger asks you to use your telephone, offer to place the call for him/her yourself - never let a stranger into your home.
  • Do not leave notes on your door when you are gone, and do not hide your keys under the mat or in any other conspicuous places.
  • When you are gone for more than a day, make sure your home looks and sounds occupied, use automatic timers to turn on lights and a radio or television.

Protect Your Personal Information

  • Never give your credit card, phone card, social security, or bank account number to anyone over the phone.
  • Never give out information over the phone indicating you are alone or that you won't be home at a certain time.