Crime Prevention Tips For The Elderly

Older people and their families worry about crime. Though older people are less likely to be victims of crime than teenagers and young adults, the number of crimes against older people is hard to ignore, especially phishing scams


Older people are often targets for robbery, purse snatching, pick-pocketing, car theft, or home repair scams. They are more likely than younger people to face attackers who are strangers. During a crime, an older person is more likely to be seriously hurt than someone who is younger.


Even though there are risks, we should NOT let the fear of crime stop you from enjoying life. It’s important to be careful and be aware of your surroundings so you can live your life.


Here are some dos and don’ts that can help you fight crime and stay safe.


Be Safe at Home


  • DO try to make sure that your locks, doors, and windows are strong and cannot be broken easily. A good alarm system can help.

  • DO check to be sure your doors and windows are locked ñ both when you are in the house and when youíre away.

  • DO make a list of your expensive belongings. You might even take pictures of the most valuable items. Store these papers in a safe place.

  • DO ask your local police department about marking your valuable property with an I.D. number.

  • DO get to know your neighbors. Join a Neighborhood Watch Program if your community has one.

  • DON’T open your door before you know who is there. Look through the peephole or a safe window first. Ask any stranger for proof of identity before opening the door. Remember, you don’t have to open the door if you feel uneasy.

  • DON’T keep large amounts of money in the house.


Be Street Smart


  • DO try to stay alert. Walk with a friend. Stay away from unsafe places like dark parking lots or alleys.

  • DO keep your car doors locked at all times.

  • DO park in well-lit areas.

  • DO carry your purse close to your body with the strap over your shoulder and across your chest.

  • DON’T open your car door or roll-down your window for strangers.

  • DON’T resist a robber. Hand over your cash right away if confronted.


Be Safe with Your Money


  • DO have your monthly pension or Social Security checks sent right to the bank for direct deposit. Try not to have a regular banking routine.

  • DON’T carry a lot of cash. Put your wallet, money, or credit cards in an inside pocket.

  • DON’T keep your check book and credit cards together. A thief who steals both could use the card to forge your signature on checks.


Be Internet Safe


  • DO look at the domain name at the end of the mail. Legitimate companies will have a legitimate email. For example @costco.com. NOT @Costo12.com

  • DO contact the company directly if you have any suspicions. Especially if they are asking for personal information

  • DO remember that legitimate companies will not ask for personal information over e-mail.

  • DO look for typos, or badly worded emails. Additionally, legitimate companies wil typically direct the correspondence to you personally. Automatically be cautious of companies that use phrases like “Dear Valued Costumer”

  • DON’T enter personal information

  • DON’T click on unsolicited attachments


Following these simple DO and DON’Ts can help you maintain a safe, confident and comfortable life, helping you enjoy your time, while also being safety savvy.


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