Be wary about spaces where you are alone.
Carry your purse close to your body. Never leave it unattended.
Carry your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket, wrap a rubber band around it to make it harder to slip from your pocket.
Don’t carry around or keep at home large amounts of cash.
Sign up for direct bank deposit of Social Security and other checks.
Lock car doors while driving.
Secure and lock your first-floor and basement windows.
Install deadbolts on doors.
Ask for identification from service and delivery people before letting them in. Call the company if you are suspicious.
Be suspicious of con artist schemes. Many involve investments, prizes, travel, funerals and home improvements.
Don’t let a stranger use your phone. Take the number and call yourself.
Don’t answer questions from strangers about your neighbors.
Don’t be pressured to make immediate decisions.
Don’t pay for something merely because you will get a free gift. Get all information in writing before you agree to buy.
Check out a charity before you give.
Never give out or even confirm your Social Security number or financial account numbers.
Trust your feelings. Don’t be embarrassed to call for help.