Senior Citizens may be more vulnerable to certain crimes, such as purse snatching, mugging, and fraud. Being careful, alert, and a good neighbor may reduce the opportunities criminals have to take advantage of all people.
When You Are Out in Public:
- Make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- If you carry a purse, hold it close to your body.
- Avoid carrying large sums of money. If you do have a large amount of cash, have a friend accompany you.
- Don’t display large amounts of cash in stores or other public places.
- Observe your surroundings. Be cautious of any activity near your car.
- Have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle or home.
- While driving, keep doors locked and windows up.
- Park your vehicle in well-lit, busy areas.
- If you have car trouble, be cautious of strangers who offer help.
- If a friend or a taxi takes you home, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.
While You Are At Home:
- Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you’re inside.
- Protect windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security devices.
- Get to know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy for emergencies.
- Keep all valubles locked in a safe or other secure area.
- Do not keep large sums of cash at home.
- Do not allow any strangers in your home to use the phone or bathroom.
- Do not leave your house unlocked and unoccupied to talk to a unsolicited contractor.
- Do not allow any contractors whom you didn’t originally call to perform work on your house or property.
- Always get a written estimate for any repair work and a receipt for any payments you make to them.
- Do not give cash to any contractors.
If you are a victim of a crime, don’t hesitate – contact your local police. Newville police officers work round the clock to protect and serve all members of our community. You can reach us by dialing 717-776-5513 or “911″.