Older people and their families worry about crime. Though older people are less likely to be victims of crime than teenagers and young adults, the number of crimes against older people is hard to ignore. Older people are often targets for robbery, purse snatching, pick-pocketing, car theft, or home repair scams. They are more likely than younger people to face attackers who are strangers. During a crime, an older person is more likely to be seriously hurt than someone who is younger.
But, even though there are risks, dont let the fear of crime stop you from enjoying life.
Be careful and be aware of your surroundings.
Here are some dos and donts that can help you fight crime and stay safe.
Be Safe at Home
Do try to make sure that your locks, doors, and windows are strong and cannot be broken easily. A good alarm system can help.
Do check to be sure your doors and windows are locked both when you are in the house and when youre away.
Do make a list of your expensive belongings. You might even take pictures of the most valuable items. Store these papers in a safe place.
Do ask your local police department about marking...