MET COUNCIL’S HELPFUL TIPS - KEEPING SENIORS SAFE AT HOME
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM PREDATORS Unfortunately, not everyone has our best interests in mind. There are some people who spend a lot of time creating schemes to take advantage of others, and seniors are especially vulnerable. However, if we stay aware of our surroundings and take a few extra precautions we’ll all be able to stay safe. SAFETY IN THE HOME • Use strong and appropriate locks for the front door. • Keep bushes trimmed around doors and windows. • Give an extra key to a neighbor in case of emergency. • Make sure your address is clearly visible from the street. • Become friendly with your neighbors so you can help advocate for each other.
FRAUD AND TELEMARKETERS • Legitimate telemarketers will never ask for personal information, such as credit card, Social Security, or bank account numbers. If they do, hang up right away and report the call to they police. • Ask for photo ID from service, delivery or utility workers before letting them into your home. • Do not give out personal information over the phone, internet, or in public to people or companies you don’t know. • Shred discarded mail. • Before making major financial decisions, speak to a trusted family member, friend, or professional. IN THE CITY • Carry only the cash, credit cards, and ID that you need for any given time. • Make a copy of everything in your wallet and keep the copies in a safe place. • Going out with friends or family not only makes the trip more fun, it makes it safer for everyone. • Trust your instincts and leave an uncomfortable situation. • Report crime and suspicious activities to police as soon as they occur. Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) is a trusted social service provider in New York City, and seeks to increase the safety and well-being of low to middle-income seniors and Holocaust survivors through holistic services, advocacy and raising awareness. We help 100,000 New Yorkers of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds fight poverty each year. To learn more about our programs, visit www.metcouncil.org.
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