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Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors

One of the best ways to take an active part in crime prevention is to become more alert and aware of what's going on around you.

Each person should adopt a more observant and active attitude on a daily basis. As a result, you become more aware of strange cars, persons or circumstances which might be dangerous and require calling the police.

Don't be a victim of purse snatching. Purse snatching is a common crime, but not widely publicized. Any woman is a target for this offense, even though elderly women are particularly vulnerable.

You can minimize your chances of becoming a victim of purse snatching by following these simple rules: Do NOT carry a shoulder bag over your shoulder. This makes it easier for a suspect to grab the bag, knock you down, and cause bodily harm.

Carry a small clutch-type handbag underneath your arm. This will prevent bodily injury in the event of a purse snatch.

Do NOT carry large sums of money, valuable jewelry or all of your credit cards in the purse.

Carry only what you plan to use for the day. This includes one check instead of the whole checkbook or one credit card.

Do NOT walk with your purse dangling from your side.

Do NOT leave your purse in shopping carts or on counters.

The most frequent areas for purse snatching are bus stops, grocery stores, and shopping center parking lots. The harder you make it, the less likely you are to become a victim of crime.

Source: City of Roswell, Safety Information & Tips

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