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As people reach retirement age, their overall risk of being victims of crime declines. 

However, older Americans are particularly vulnerable to con games, purse-snatchers and pickpockets.  Be Alert to your surroundings when out. 

Take common-sense precautions:

  • Go with friends, not alone.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash.
  • Carry your purse close to your body.  Put your wallet in an inside coat or in front pants pocket.
  • Use direct deposit.
  • Drive with vehicle doors locked.  Be particularly alert in parking lots and underground garages.

Be Alert to home security

  • Lock doors and windows.
  • Ask for identification from service or delivery people before letting them in.  If you’re concerned, call the company to verify or call 911.

Watch out for Con Artists

  • Don’t be fooled by schemes, scams, sweepstakes, free offers and other promotions that sound “too good to be true.”  Be wary of phone solicitors asking for personal information.
  • Don’t let anyone rush into signing anything.  Read everything carefully.