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One of the biggest issues for many seniors today is safety -- both physical and financial.  Many seniors share the fear that they will somehow become victims in this fast-pace world.  But this does not have to be the case.  The "Seniors" section provides information that specifically deals with issues and topics related to Senior Citizens.

Criminals often regard older persons as easy targets for many kinds of crimes.  Every elderly person should be aware of these crimes and how to prevent them.

 

For Your Protection

  • Do not rush into something involving your money or property.
  • Be wary of something-for-nothing or get-rich-quick schemes.
  • Never sign a contract until you and your lawyer, banker, or other expert has thoroughly read it.
  • Never turn over large sums of cash to anyone, especially a stranger, no matter how promising the deal looks.
  • Do not hesitate to check the credentials of a salesman or public official.
  • Report all suspicious offers to the police immediately, before the swindler leaves town in search of other victims.
  • Arrange for incoming cheques to be sent directly to your bank.

Other Crime Provention Tips

At Home

  • Install good locks and always use them
  • Don't leave tell-tale signs that you are away
  • Never open your door to a stranger without credentials.  Install a wide-angle door viewer which permits you to see callers before you open the door.

    
On the Street

  • Walk only in well-lit areas
  • Do not burden yourself with packages and a bulky purse
  • Never display large sums of money in public
  • Walk near the curb and away from alleys and doorways


In Your Car

  • Always lock your car after entering and whenever leaving it.
  • If you have car trouble, raise the hood, lock yourself in and wait for the police.  If a stranger stops to offer help, do not get out of your car.  Ask the stranger to call a service truck for you.
  • If you suspect someone is following, drive to the nearest public place (gas station, all-night restaurant) and blow your horn

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