CRIME PREVENTION

FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

A Physical disability - impaired vision, hearing, or mobility - Doesn’t prevent you from being a victim of crime.  Common sense actions can reduce your risk.

  • Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings, whether on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, or waiting for the bus or train.

  • Send a message that you’re calm, confident, and know where youre going.

  • Be realistic about your limitations.  Avoid places or situations that put you at risk.

  • Know the neighborhood where you live and work. Check out the locations of police and fire stations, public telephones, hospitals, restaurants, or stores that are open and accessible.

  • Avoid establishing predictable activity patterns.  Most of us have daily routines, but never varying them may increase your vulnerability to crime.

AT HOME:

  • Put good locks on all your doors such as double-cylinder, deadbolt locks; make sure you can easily use the locks you install.

  • Install peepholes on front and back doors at your eye level.  This is especially important if you use a wheelchair.

  • Get to know your neighbors.  Watchful neighbors who look out for you as well as themselves are a frontline defense against crime.

  • If you have difficulty speaking, have a friend record a message – giving your name, address, and type of disability to use in emergencies.  Keep the tape next to your phone.

  • Ask for a free home security survey to help identify your individual needs.  Call 732/ 669-3612 for more information.
     

OUT AND ABOUT:

  • If possible, go with a friend.

  • Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled streets.  Avoid shortcuts through vacant lots, wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.

  • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.

  • Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps.  Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.  If you use a wheelchair, keep your purse or wallet tucked snugly between you and the inside of the chair.

  • If you use a knapsack, make sure it is securely shut.

  • Always carry your medical information in case of an emergency.

  • Consider keeping a cellular phone handy.

ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

  • Use well-lighted, busy stops.  Stay near other passengers.

  • Stay alert.  Don’t doze or daydream.

  • If someone harasses you, make a loud noise or say, “Leave me alone.”
    If that doesn’t work, hit the emergency signal on the bus or train.

TAKE A STAND!

  • Join, or help organize, a Neighborhood Watch group.  Make sure their meetings are accessible to people with disabilities.  For example, do they need a sign language interpreter?  Can individuals who use walkers, crutches, or wheelchairs enter the meeting place?

  • Work with local law enforcement to improve responses to all victims or witnesses of crime. Role-play how people with disabilities can handle threatening situations.

  • Work with a rehabilitation center or advocacy groups t offer a presentation to schools and other community organizations on the needs and concerns of individuals with disabilities.

RESOURCES:

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

1801 L Street, NW

Washington, DC 20507

800/ 669-3362

800-800-3302 TDD

 

National Easter Seal Society

240 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1800

Chicago, IL 60606-4802

800/ 221-6827

312/ 726-6200

312/ 726-4258 TDD

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America

801 18th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

800/ USA-5UCP V/TT

202/842-1266 V/TT

 

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