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Precautions for Safer Seniors  

By National Crime Prevention Council
Monday, March 17, 2008; 7:00 pm

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As many people grow older, their chances of being victims of crime decrease dramatiacally. But a lifetime of experience, coupled with the physical problems associated with aging, often make older Americans fearful. Though they're on the look-out constantly for physical attack and burglary, they're not as alert to frauds and con games—in reality, the greatest crime threat to seniors' well-being and trust.

Want to conquer fear and prevent crime? Take these common-sense precautions.

Be Alert When Out and About

  • Go with friends or family, not alone.

  • Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.

  • Don't carry credit cards you don't need or large amounts of cash.

  • Use direct deposit for Social Security and other regular checks.

  • Whether you're a passenger or driver, keep car doors locked. Be particularly alert in parking lots and garages. Park near an entrance.

  • Sit close to the driver or near the exit while riding the bus, train or subway.

  • If someone or something makes you uneasy, trust your instincts and leave.

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