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Senior Citizen Safety
Protect Yourself
Criminals often target older citizens for a variety of reasons. The following are some general guidelines concerning home, vehicle, and personal safety for senior citizens.

  • Always keep your doors locked
  • Never give information about when you will or will not be at home
  • Never let someone know you live alone
  • Never under any circumstances allow a stranger into your home, not even to use the phone
  • Use deadbolt locks on exterior doors and keep your premises well lit

  • Always keep you car in proper mechanical condition
  • Have a full tank of fuel before driving a long distance
  • If you suspect someone is following you drive to a public place and contact law enforcement
  • Lock your car at all times, even when at home in your garage 
  • Never pick up hitchhikers

  • Carry only the money you need and leave unnecessary credit cards at home 
  • Before retiring for the evening, be sure to check that all doors and windows are secure and locked 
  • Have all governmental, retirement, and income checks deposited directly into your bank account
  • Leave a porch light on and have your door keys in hand when approaching the door