SPECIFIC GUIDELINES TO THE SENIOR CITIZENS
Be alert when out and about
Go with friends of family, not alone.
Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by
Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pant
Donít carry credit cards when you donít need them.
Donít carry large amounts of money, if not needed.
Whether a passenger or driver, keep car doors
Be particularly alert in parking lots and garages.
Please park near an entrance
Sit close to the driver or near the exit while
riding the bus or train.
If someone or something makes you uneasy, trust your
instincts and leave.
Make your home safe and secure
Install good locks on doors and windows. Use them.
Donít hide keys in mailboxes and planters or under
Instead, leave an extra set of keys with a neighbour
Ask for photo identification from service or
delivery people before letting them in. If you are
not satisfied, call the company to verify.
Be sure your street address number is large, clear
of obstruction, and well-lit so that Police and
other emergency personnel can find your home
Have a home alarm system that provides monitoring
for burglary, fire and medical emergencies.
alert when you are on the street, in your own
neighbourood, and even at your own door.
Avoid walking at night, especially alone. If you
must walk at night, stay in well-lit, open areas and
walk close to street lights.
Day or night, stay away from dark alleys, dark
parking lots, and dark corners.
Day or night, walk with a friend, if possible. Both
men and women are safer in the company of someone
If anyone bothers you while you are out walking,
ignore him or her. Donít engage in conversation or
try to be polite. If they persist, tell them in a
loud voice, showing anger, to leave you alone. A
simple defense against this sort of aggravation
would be a loud whistle or scream. Based on this,
you may want to carry a whistle with you.
If you are followed, run to the nearest place where
you can find people. Donít be afraid to knock on
Donít be a flashy dresser going out with expensive
Jewellery or other items of value.
Donít Carry a purse !
This one action can cut your chances to a larger
extent of being robbed. Not having a purse can
remove the strongest attraction for a crime of
opportunity thief. Purses are easily snatched when
you are carrying them. Also, itís easy to place a
purse in a grocery cart, at a casino or a beauty
salon, where it can easily be stolen.
If you insist on carrying a purse, put money, credit
cards, and /or your wallet in an inside pocket of
your clothing or some places other than in your
Donít carry a lot of cash than you need.
Carry keys in a pocket, not in a purse. If your
purse is stolen, you will still have your keys.
Donít put your name or address on your keys, because
if they are stolen or lost, the thief will know
where you live.
While dealing in Bank
Have monthly pension cheques and any other regular
payments directly deposited to your bank account.
This not only removes your exposure to potential
theft but also saves you an errand.
If you go to the bank often, donít go at the same
time each day. Add some variation to your schedule.
If anyone steps behind you at an ATM, step away-say:
ďYou go first, I forgot my card.Ē
If you are approached by a robber, hand over any
cash you have. Hand over your purse if you are
carrying one. Donít resist the robbery because you
risk injury to yourself.
Carry as little cash as possible and carry credit
cards in a concealed coat or chest pocket.
For a woman wit a purse, carry it close to the body,
preferably in front. If the purse has a clasp, cover
it with your hand. Donít wrap the strap the purse
around your wrist. Never leave a purse unattended.
If you carry both packages and a purse, put the
purse between your body and the packages.
Avoid carrying a wallet in back or side pocket.
Drive with the car windows up and all the doors
Keep car in a good operating condition.
Never allow your petrol tank to get below half full.
If you have trouble with your car, stay inside with
windows and doors locked.
If you have a vehicle problem, stay in the
vehicle,. If someone comes by to help, write down
on the envelope a number for him or her to call for
you. Open the window a crack and slide the envelope
through to them, asking them to make the call.
Avoid driving alone at night, if possible. It is
safer to drive at night with someone you know.
For safety reasons, people who live alone should go
to the store with a friend and arrange to do their
grocery shopping together. Riding to the store wit
someone else helps both of you.
At the door step
When someone knocks at your door, donít open it
unless you know your visitor.
Have a through Ėthe-door viewer installed on each
If the person is a representative, salesman etc.,
ask that identification and credentials to be
slipped under the door or through the mail slot.
Call the employer to verify the name and business.
Refuse to deal with anyone who wonít comply with
Someone may knock at your door and ask to use your
telephone to make an emergency call. Never open the
door. Take the message and make the call for them.
If someone comes to your door who do not trust or
who you believe might be dangerous, call the local
police department immediately.
When returning home
If you find your door ajar or if you hear unusual
sounds inside, DONíT GO IN!
Go to the nearest telephone and call your local
police or PCR Van.
DO NOT resist or fight with an intruder.
When the intruder leaves, call the local police
While receiving Telephone Call
If a telephone call is obscene, hang up the
telephone but donít slam the receiver down.
If a telephone call is threatening, contact the
local police immediately.
Never allow yourself to be drawn into a conversation
with an unknown caller in which you reveal your
name, address, marital status or anything to
indicate you are alone.
Donít let a caller know you are angry or upset. This
is the reaction they want and will often encourage
Donít play detective and extend the call attempting
to find our who is calling. This may be the
reaction the caller wants or needs.
If a robber attempts to snatch your purse
Give a robber what he wants.
Set down to avoid injury.
Observe the robber as closely as possible to get a
description for the police.
Never pursue the attacker.
After sitting down, make noise by calling for help.
Carry a whistle and blow it repeatedly.
Plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings.
Never exhibit or flash large sums of cash or other
If you must walk at night, choose the busiest and
Walk with a companion, whenever possible.
Greet familiar people, merchants and vendor.
Stay away from buildings and walk next to the
Avoid dark places, short cuts, alleys, thick trees
and shrubs and sparsely traveled areas.
Be wary of strangers who attempt to start
meaningless or odd conversations.
When using Public Transportation
Donít wait alone at a bus stop for longer than
Carry exact change in your hand.
Stand in view of other passengers.
When arriving by taxi, ask the driver to wait until
you are inside before driving away.