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Senior Safety Tips - Ways To Protect Yourself

Senior Safety Tips - Ways To Protect Yourself

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Seniors must never forget that they are prime targets for con artists and thieves.

Remember these safety tips and protect yourself from becoming a victim of a crime.

1) When you go shopping, go with a friend or relative: there is safety in numbers.

2) Do not trust holding your handbag in your hand. Put the handbag strap around your body so the bag is in front of you.

3) If you use a credit or debit card to pay for your purchases, only carry the one you will use. Leave the others at home.

4) While in the stores, do not put your handbag down. Keep it strapped around your body. Otherwise, a thief can grab your handbag and walk off before you are aware that it is missing.

5) Do not become distracted by someone asking questions. Thieves often work in teams. Someone can ask you for the time, or where an item can be found and while you're being helpful, the accomplice is waiting until you turn your head and then steals your handbag.

6) If you visit multiple stores, put your purchases in the trunk of your car. Never put packages on the seats, even if you expect to be gone for a short time. Thieves can break into your car and steal your belongings even when you have a car alarm. Car alarms go off so often that we have become accustomed to ignoring them.

7) Always lock all the car doors and make sure the trunk lid is closed tightly.

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Barbara Michaluk, Realtor

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Comment balloon 3 commentsBarbara Michaluk • January 10 2019 06:17PM


Great list! I would add to #6, move your car to a different spot in between trips to put items in the trunk. 

It's unfortunate these safety tips are necessary, but they are!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 4 months ago

Thanks Kat Palmiotti. I agree, there are lots more tips we could all live by to stay safe. I work with mostly seniors so I'm mostly focused on that segment of the population.

Posted by Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan (Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434) 4 months ago

Hi Barbara,  Thanks for sharing these great safety tips.  I will definitely pass this list on to others. 

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 4 months ago