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Personal Safety—Top Ten Tips

Personal Safety—Top Ten Tips

The headlines were alarming: ’95-year-old purse snatching victim suffers minor injuries to her arm.’  This recently happened just up the street from our home.  The community was stunned — how could this happen here?    A valued neighbour, as well as our sense of safety and civility, had been violated. The fear of crime is a big concern for seniors.  While seniors are in the age group least likely to experience crime, when they are victimized, the results can be even more devastating.  Seniors have less time to recover from financial loss and may take more time to heal from physical assaults.  Furthermore, the fear of crime can be isolating, leading to less community engagement and a diminished sense of the quality of life. In previous articles, we provided travel safety and fraud prevention tips.  Today, we’ll offer some ideas about how you can enhance your personal safety — regardless of your age. Top 10 Personal Safety Tips Be aware of your surroundings — notice who is entering the area around you, and trust your instincts if you feel something is not right. Choose purses and bags with cross-body straps, and keep your money and valuables in a zippered pouch next to your body where you have control. Keep change in your pockets, so that you can pay parking meters, transit, and drop money into charity kettles etc.  without having to open your wallet in public. Choose well lit streets with traffic, and avoid dark or isolated entrances and alleyways. If you think someone is paying too much attention to you, pop into a store front or cross the street....