Connie, in New Jersey, is writing in to share safety tips for baby boomers.
I am a senior citizen who can be considered active. I protect myself when shopping by never carrying a purse. This is not new for me, I have never carried a purse when shopping.
Here are Connie’s Safety tips:
I look for coats or jackets that have a pocket on the inside of the coat. I want to be able to close that pocket with a zipper. This is where I keep my money or credit card.
If I’m not wearing a coat I will wear pants and put those important items in my pocket, usually on the left side. I know that pick pocketing is possible so I always wear something long for a shirt or blouse to cover the pockets. A third item such as a longer vest also makes it harder to get to my things.
Another possibility is to carry a purse containing useless items but keep your valuables as I mentioned above.
I have learned to also not appear as if I am a victim. It is a mindset. Walk with confidence and look forward.
Thank you for sharing this important safety tip with us. I think many of us take it for granted until something unexpected happens.
This is a good reminder that we should be conscientious about our safety every day. Here is a link to a page of safety lists for you to use.
Diane Carbo RN