CRIME STOPPERS TIP
This week Crime Stoppers turns their attention to safety tips geared toward senior citizens, a group at greater risk of being taken advantage of. A lifetime of experience, coupled with physical problems associated with aging, often makes older Americans fearful of being victims of burglaries, robberies, physical assaults and other violent crimes.
However, the greatest crimes against senior citizens come from fraud and con games.
Below are some safety tips geared toward senior citizens:
Safety at Home
Lock your doors and windows and keep them locked at all times.
Do not let strangers in your home for any reason.
Don’t judge a book by its cover – well dressed people commit crimes and so do women.
If you have not signed up for social services, free groceries or medical attention, do not let a stranger convince you that you need their services. If you have called for services, check the person’s identification before they enter your home. Anyone at your home for a legitimate reason will be more than willing to show their identification and will not be offended that you asked.
Never let anyone know that you live alone or are at home alone.Work out a "buddy system" with a friend to check on each other.
As soon as a stranger appears, call a trusted neighbor to come over.
Consider a home alarm system that provides monitoring for burglary, fire and medical emergencies.
Be skeptical of "too good to be true" telephone offers.
Resist pressure for an immediate decision and ask for written follow-up materials that explain the offer.
Agree to pay no more than the price of a postage stamp when notified about "winning" a sweepstakes. All legitimate sweepstakes must allow a "no purchase necessary" way to play the game and collect the prize.
Never provide your credit card or checking account numbers to a caller from an unfamiliar company without first checking the company with your Better Business Bureau, state consumer protection agency or state Attorney General.Never allow yourself to be drawn into a conversation with an unknown caller in which you reveal your name, address, marital status, or anything that indicates you are alone.
Ask to be placed on the company’s "do not call" list to reduce the number of unwanted telephone calls.