- Get to know your neighbors. Watchful neighbors who look out for you as well as themselves are a frontline defense against crime.
- If you have difficulty speaking, have a friend record a message (giving your name, address, and type of disability) to use in emergencies. Keep the tape in a recorder next to your phone.
- Install peepholes on front and back doors at your eye level. This is especially important if you use a wheelchair.
- Put good locks on all your doors. Sturdy deadbolt locks are best. Make sure you can easily use the locks you install.
Out & About
- Always carry your medical information in case of an emergency.
- Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pant pocket. If you use a wheelchair, keep your purse or wallet tucked snugly between you and the inside of the chair.
- If possible, go with a friend when you do have to go out.
- Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through vacant lots, wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
- If you use a knapsack, make sure it is securely closed.
- Consider carrying a cellular phone or installing a CB radio in your vehicle.
Before You Go On Vacation
- Plan ahead. If you're traveling by car, get maps and plan your route. Have the car checked before you leave.
- Leave copies of the numbers of your passport, driver's license, credit cards, and traveler's checks with a close friend or relative in case you need to replace these papers.
- Put lights and a radio on timers to create the illusion that someone is at home while you're away. Leave shades, blinds, and curtains in normal positions. Ask neighbors to pick up your mail and other deliveries.
Don't Let a Con Artist Rip You Off
Many con artists prey on people's desires to find miracle cures for chronic conditions and fatal diseases. To out-smart those con artists, remember these tips:
- Be wary of high-pressure tactics, need for quick decisions, demands for cash only, or high-yield low-risk investments
- Don't let greed or desperation overcome common sense
- Get a second opinion
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is