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Safety Tips For Baby Boomers and Others

by Connie
(New Jersey)

I have been alarmed recently at how often seniors are targeted for purse snatching. They are also often beaten up.

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.

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.


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.

Diane Carbo RN

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