Personal Safety Tips

When You Are Out


  • Avoid dark, deserted routes even if they are the shortest.
  • Carry change for emergency telephone and transportation use.
  • Carry a whistle or freon horn. In some areas, community groups offer free alarms for seniors.
  • Do not overburden yourself with packages and groceries that obstruct your view and make it hard to react.
  • Have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle or home.
  • If a friend or taxi takes you home, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.
  • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Never carry a wallet in your back pocket. Put it in an inside jacket pocket or front pants pocket.
  • When using public transportation, sit near the driver.
  • When walking, act calm, confident, and know where you are going. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.
  • When you drive, keep doors locked and windows up. Park in well-lit, busy areas. If you have car trouble, be wary of strangers who offer help. Stay in your car and ask them to call the police or sheriff or a tow service.
  • Whenever possible, travel with friends. Check with your police, sheriff, or senior citizen center about escort services.
  • If you must carry a purse, hold it close to your body. Do not dangle it.