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To the editor:
The Christmas season is in full gear, and we at the
Logan County Senior Issues Task Force want to make sure our senior
citizens and everyone else have a safe and wonderful holiday. Senior
citizens are often the target of criminals of all types. Here are
some safety tips to remember as you go shopping this year:
1. If at all
possible, don't carry a purse. Keep cash and credit cards in an
inside pocket or fanny pack worn to the front. Thieves don't like
having to work too hard and risk detection. If you do carry a purse,
keep it in front of your body. Don't open it until you are in the
checkout line ready with your purchase. NEVER leave your bag in your
2. Shop in groups.
Thieves prefer those who shop alone. There is safety in numbers, so
shop with friends or family if at all possible.
3. Stay in the
light. Always park your car in well-lit areas near the stores where
you are shopping. Don't park next to vehicles taller than yours.
Criminals use them as cover in order to commit their crimes.
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4. Have your keys
in your hand before you leave the store for your car. If you're
fumbling for keys, you are distracted and therefore a target!
5. Lock all of your
purchases or any other valuables in your trunk.
6. If you are in a
minor car accident, stay in your car with the doors locked until
authorities arrive. Some criminals are known to use "bump and rob"
schemes to steal your valuables.
There are many other tips for holiday safety available to all of
us. The best of all is to be alert! Think like a criminal, and then
take appropriate steps NOT to be the victim.
On behalf of the Logan County Senior Task Force, have a safe and
happy holiday season!
Julie King, chairperson
Senior Issues Task Force
(Posted Dec. 15, 2006)
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