Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Senior Safety Tips from the Bellevue DEO

Your Bellevue Directed Enforcement Officers (DEO) of the Brown County Sheriff's Office serve to educate our residents and provide community policing to our Village. Educating seniors on how to prevent a confrontation and being mindful of personal safety is part of that mission.

Think about this, if you were ever threatened in public, what would you do? The way you react could be the difference between becoming a victim and avoiding a potentially dangerous encounter. One of the best safety tips for seniors to discourage someone from following through with an assault is to prevent a potential confrontation in the first place. There is safety in numbers, and a criminal won’t want to be seen by multiple people who may be able to describe them to the police. If there are people close by, yell for help, or shout for someone to dial 911.

Just calling for assistance doesn’t always work, so it is good idea to have something that will really grab people’s attention. A good recommendation for seniors in general is a personal alarm. This is a self defense device that emits an ear splitting siren that is an unmistakable cry for help. It will be noticed by anyone in the vicinity, and alert bystanders of the need for assistance.

5 Basic Personal Safety Tips For Seniors:
  • Be aware of where you are and what is happening around you.
  • Be prepared. Take steps to protect yourself and your home.
  • Be wary of strangers and watch out for con artists. 
  • Don’t be afraid to report suspicious people, activity and crimes to the police.  Have their number by the phone and call them. 
  • Trust your instincts: if you’re uncomfortable get out and get help.