One great way to keep bad guys off the streets is to fill it with good guys. The more you and your neighbors walk the streets, the more it deters gang members and drug dealers from being there. Please walk your neighborhood as much as you can, and encourage your fellow block residents and dog walkers/owners to do the same.
While you are out there, please let the 48th ward office know of any safety concerns that you notice. This may include graffiti, lights blocked by tree branches, or chronic loitering spots. All of this information is very useful to us in helping to improve the quality of life for our neighborhood. Help our office be the “eyes” on the street. Visit www.48thward.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of any safety concerns.
Home Safety Tips for Seniors
It is important to prepare your home and property for when you go on vacation. Follow these tips when getting ready to leave your home unattended:
1) Ideally, a neighbor, friend or family member would be able to watch over your property while you are away. Try and identify such a person even before you plan a trip.
2) Stop your mail from piling up. A stack of mail or newspapers sends burglars the message that no one has been home for a while. Find someone that will take in your mail, newspapers, etc. or contact USPS and your newspaper provider to hold your items until you return.
3) Lock all your doors and windows. It seems obvious, but often people are burglarized while away because they left a window or door open that they thought was unreachable.
4) DO NOT promote your vacation. Tweeting, updated your Facebook status, or using any other social media tools to announce your vacation plans also tells the world you are leaving your home unattended for an extended period of time.
5) Put your lights on timers. Burglars look for homes that are dark, especially during later hours of the day. Investing in timers could help make sure your home isn’t targeted while you are away.