Senior Safety

At Home

  • Ask the police department to perform a free home security assessment.
  • Get to know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy for emergencies.
  • If you live alone, don't advertise it. Use only your first initial in phone directories and other listings.
  • Install a peephole.
  • Keep all valuables in a safe deposit box.
  • Never let strangers into your home without checking their identification. Call the company if you're not sure.
  • Protect windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security devices.
  • Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors; keep them locked at all times.
  • Use timers to automatically turn lights on when you're not home.

When You're Out

  • Avoid dark, deserted, and unfamiliar routes.
  • Carry your wallet in an inside jacket pocket or front pocket.
  • Consider purchasing a cellular phone for emergencies.
  • Don't overburden yourself with groceries or packages.
  • Have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle/home.
  • If you must carry a purse, hold it close to your body.
  • When driving keep doors locked and windows up. Park in well-lighted, busy areas. If you have car trouble, beware of strangers who offer help. Instead, stay in your car and ask them to call a service truck or police.
  • When using public transportation, sit near the driver if possible.


If it's too good to be true, it probably is:
  • Be wary of callers who ask for a fee because you have "won" a contest prize - don't pay a cent.
  • Be wary of telephone callers using names of local police departments, church groups, or medical groups to get money from you. Most charity organizations are willing to send information to you before you give.
  • Beware of stock tips, investment opportunities and "get rich quick" schemes.
  • Call your family doctor if you are pressured to purchase quick cures, miracle drugs, or similar scams.
  • Never give out your credit card number or social security number to anyone who has called you.
  • Never withdraw funds from the bank for anyone before consulting bank officials.
  • Watch out for door-to-door sales people selling merchandise or services. Do not sign anything until you have had time to review with a friend or family member.

While Traveling

  • Carry minimum luggage.
  • Don't look vulnerable or lost. Walk with purpose and stay alert.
  • Keep your belongings close to you.
  • Lock and label each piece of luggage with your name and address.
  • Use traveler's checks instead of cash whenever possible.

Security Surveys

The Newark Police Department offers free home security assessments to residents within the City of Newark.

For more information regarding the Newark Police Department's crime prevention services, or to schedule a home security assessment, 
contact the Crime Prevention Officer.