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13 June, 2019

Top 5 Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors

The world as we know it changes every day and criminals are finding more inventive ways to disrupt others’ safety. While going out and about might seem daunting with that in mind, there are easy solutions to keep you safe so you can enjoy yourself and live your life unafraid. Below are some quick tips to keep in mind while running errands, going for a walk, or visiting friends:

1. Don’t Forget Your Cell Phone!

Before you leave your home, make sure your cell phone has enough battery life to last you through the day. Then, if trouble arises, you’re just a phone call away from help.

It’s also a good idea to keep a list of emergency contacts in your phone, in case something happens to you and someone needs to alert your closest family member or friend.

If you don’t have a cell phone, it might be a good idea to get one. You don’t need a top-of-the-line smartphone or even a cell phone plan. Take a look at this list of cell phones that are easy for anyone to manage.

2. Keep Jewelry At Home

Try not to wear expensive jewelry, such as your nicest watch or your favorite diamond-encrusted brooch, while you’re out running errands. You could be alerting thieves that you have fine valuables that they might want to scope out.

That’s not to say you can’t wear your favorite pieces on an evening out; after all, what’s the point in having them if you can’t enjoy them? Just make sure you stay alert and protect yourself.


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3. Protect Your Money

It’s always a good idea to not carry more cash than is absolutely necessary. When running errands, keep in mind most places accept credit or debit cards.

While you’re out and about, always keep a close eye on your wallet or purse. Never leave your purse on the seat beside you. Instead, put it on your lap so you’re aware of it at all times. When shopping, don’t put your purse in the grocery cart. Wear it so no one swipes it when you’re not looking.

Another good tip to keep in mind is to check your bank account frequently. Most thieves know when government checks will be issued each month, so it’s a good idea to set up Direct Deposit so your check will be deposited into the bank of your choice.

Speaking of banking, it’s important to keep in mind that your bank will never call you asking you to take money out of your account. If you suspect someone is impersonating a bank official, call your bank’s official phone number immediately or call the police.

It’s important to note that most get-rich-quick-schemes are too good to be true and a real Nigerian prince won’t need any of your money because they have plenty of their own.

You’ve worked your entire life to secure enough money to enjoy retirement. Don’t give your funds up easily and always trust your instincts.

4. Travel Safety Tips For Your Car

If you’re still able and willing to drive yourself places, there are some safety tips to keep in mind. Keep your gas tank full and if your car breaks down, pull over to the right side of the road and wait inside your car until help arrives. Waiting outside your car can make you a target to criminals and is also extremely unsafe.

Make sure you always lock your doors when exiting your vehicle, and when you approach your car take a quick look inside and under the car to make sure no one is hiding. It’s a good idea to hide any packages or luggage in your trunk so potential robbers aren’t tempted to break into your car and take things.


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5. Walking Safety Tips For Seniors

Enjoying a stroll around your community is not only relaxing, but it’s great for your health, too. However, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind while taking in the sights and sounds of nature:

  • Carry only what you need. In most cases, it’s probably not necessary to bring your largest handbag with you. Put money and your identification cards tucked away in a secure pocket.
  • Don’t walk alone. It’s always a good idea to have someone to accompany you on your walk in case a health issue or emergency situation arises. If you have to walk alone, do it during the day in a place with heavy foot traffic. Never walk alone at night.
  • Plan your route and stay alert. Avoid doorways and alleys where a criminal could be lingering or hiding out, waiting for you.
  • Don’t carry weapons with you, as they could be used against you. Walk confidently and meet others’ eyes to signal your confidence.
  • Have something that will alert people you’re in trouble, such as a whistle. It’s also a good idea to keep your cell phone with you.

If you are attacked while walking, make as much noise as possible by yelling or blowing your whistle. Call 911 as soon as you can and try to remain calm.

Safety At Sugar Hill

With these tips, you can continue to live your life feeling unafraid and confident of yourself and your surroundings. At Sugar Hill, you’re surrounded by people with similar interests and lifestyles, so you’ll find you’re never alone if you don’t want to be. There’s also a 24-hour security system in place.

You’ll enjoy field trips and outings with community members and become comfortable with the beautiful, quaint town of Wolfeboro. Download our guide to discover more reasons why Wolfeboro is the perfect place to spend your retirement.

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