FOR PEOPLE WITH
Physical disability - impaired vision, hearing, or mobility -
Doesn’t prevent you from being a victim of
crime. Common sense actions can reduce your risk.
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.
message that you’re calm, confident, and know where you’re
about your limitations. Avoid places or situations that put you
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.
establishing predictable activity patterns. Most of us have
daily routines, but never varying them may increase your
vulnerability to crime.
locks on all your doors such as double-cylinder, deadbolt locks;
make sure you can easily use the locks you 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
669-3612 for more information.
OUT AND ABOUT:
go with a friend.
well-lighted, well-traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through
vacant lots, wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
know where you are going and when you expect to return.
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.
your medical information in case of an emergency.
keeping a cellular phone handy.
ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
well-lighted, busy stops. Stay near other passengers.
Don’t doze or daydream.
harasses you, make a loud noise or say, “Leave me alone.”
If that doesn’t work, hit the emergency signal on the bus or
TAKE A STAND!
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
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.
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