What can I do to prevent crime?
- Keep doors and windows locked.
- Keep your home well lit at night, both inside and outside.
- Keep curtains closed at night.
- Install a peephole in your front door.
- Do not leave notes on your door or mailbox when you are away.
- Do not hide keys outside your home (under a doormat or under a rock, etc.). Instead, give a key to a trusted neighbor or friend.
- Ask for proper identification before opening your door to a stranger.
- If you return home and see signs of a break in, do not go into the house! Instead, move quietly to a safe distance and call 911.
While out in public:
- Be extra alert in parking lots and garages.
- Carry your purse, cell phone, and other valuables close to your body.
- Do not carry extra credit cards or large amounts of cash.
- Never carry your Social Security card with you.
- Use direct deposit for checks so you do not need to carry them with you.
- Trust your instincts! If something feels unsafe, call for help.
- If someone tries to threaten or hurt you, make as much noise as possible by yelling for help or blowing a whistle. Call 911 as soon as you can.
- If the person runs away, do not chase them. Call 911 right away!
In Your Car:
- Lock your car doors and keep windows closed. This includes when you step out of your car to pump gas or when you go into a store.
- Lock packages and other valuables in the trunk.
- Keep your gas tank full and your engine properly maintained to avoid breakdowns.
- If your car breaks down, pull over to the right as far as possible, switch on your hazard lights, call the police and/or a roadside assistance service, and wait inside the car for help to arrive.
- Check the front and back seat before entering your car.
How can I avoid fraud and scams?
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
- Never let someone rush you into signing a document or sending money.
- Never give personal information over the telephone unless you made the call to a number you know, such as the phone number listed on your bank card.
- Click here for more information about avoiding fraud and scams.
- If you suspect that someone is trying to scam you, report the crime right away to your local law enforcement office.
Questions? Need help? Please call (561) 684-5885 and press option 3 to leave a voicemail for our Elder Rights Center. We check our voicemail daily and will respond to you as quickly as possible.