Our actions and relationship with the community are guided by an internal sense of honesty and morality.

    Our conduct and demeanor display the highest standard of personal and organizational excellence.

    Our members recognize the differences as a strength in our organization and community.

    Our duty is to promote public trust by upholding our obligations to the department and community.

    Our responsibility is to be alert to issues and activities impacting our tribal communities.

Senior Safety Tips

This paper contains tips on personal safety and security for seniors at home and away from home in various situations. They are simple, common sense suggestions that will help keep you from being an easy target for a criminal. Also included are tips on protecting your assets, reporting crimes, helping to stop Medicare fraud, elder and dependant adult abuse, selecting elder care facilities and caregivers, and reporting a lost person with Alzheimer’s Disease.

At Home

The following situations are considered: inside a home, answering the door, answering the phone and talking to strangers, and returning home.

Senior Safety Tips - At Home

  • Inside a Home, Apartment, or Condo

  • Answering the Door

  • Answering the Phone and Talking to Strangers

  • Returning Home

  • Parking in a Common Gated Garage

  • Away From Home

On The Street And Other Outdoor Areas

Senior Safety Tips - On The Street And Other Outdoor Areas

  • When going out for a walk

  • If you are out running

  • Self Defense

When Completing an Online or Other Purchase

Buyers should take the following measures to reduce the risk of being robbed when meeting a seller of items advertised on the Internet, e.g., on Craigslist, newspapers, public bulletin boards, and other media.

Senior Safety Tips - When Completing an Online or Other Purchase

  • If you are out running

  • On Elevators

  • When Meeting Someone New

  • At Night Clubs and Social Functions

  • When Traveling on Vacation or Business

  • In a Hotel/Motel Room

  • While Driving

  • In Parking Lots and Garages

  • When Carrying a Purse or Wallet

  • When Wearing a Coat or Carrying a Purse

  • What to Do If Your Purse or Wallet Is Lost or Stolen

  • When Using an ATM

  • On a Cruise

  • Avoiding Terrorists

  • Protecting Your Assets

  • If You Are a Crime Victim

Other things to do if you are threatened, stalked, or a victim of domestic violence are listed below:

Senior Safety Tips - Other things to do if you are threatened

  • Threat of Attack

  • Stalking

  • In addition to the other personal security measures listed in this paper

  • Domestic Violence

Obtaining a Restraining Order

Call the Seminole Police Department if you are the victim of domestic violence. (954)967-8900


Call the Seminole Police Department at (954) 967-8900 to report suspected instances of neglect and psychological, physical, financial, or sexual abuse of elders and dependent adults. SPD carries out investigations and provides assistance and case management where appropriate. If the abuse is in progress, you should call 911. SPD will investigate, take steps to protect the victim, and prosecute the perpetrator.

Signs of Elder Abuse

The following are some signs of various types of elder and dependent adult abuse:

Neglect. Inadequate clothing, missed medical appointments, dirty and unkempt appearance, malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, home that smells of urine or feces, utilities turned off, no food in home, or lack of necessary medications, eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc.

Psychological abuse. Unreasonable or excessive fears, withdrawal, loss of appetite, agitation, isolation from family and friends, unexplained bouts of crying, or confusion.

Physical abuse. Bites, burns, and unexplained broken bones, welts, or bruises. Financial abuse. Changes in long-established banking routines; third-party involvement in financial transactions, especially unusual ones; account activity involving unusually large and frequent withdrawals, numerous checks made to “cash,” new use of ATMs, new names on accounts, out-of-sequence checks, sudden transfers of assets, property refinancing with cash out, transactions that can’t be remembered or explained, and power of attorney requests that can’t be explained or understood; payments to claim prizes, obtain unnecessary or inappropriate services, and provide additional income to caregivers; increases in credit card activity failure to pay outstanding balances in full as in the past; fearful or anxious in presence of a third party; worried about theft of assets; and sudden decline in appearance or hygiene.

Sexual abuse. Unexplained venereal diseases or genital infections, bruising or bleeding in the genital area, unexplained pain or itching in the genital area, or torn, stained, or bloody underwear.

Signs of Self-Neglect

Self-neglect is also a serious problem for older persons. Suspicions of it should also be reported to San Diego County Aging & Independence Services. Signs include a worsening of medical conditions or a sudden change in weight or hygiene.

Information on Preventing Elder Abuse

At the federal level the National Center on Elder Abuse serves as a resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder abuse. On its website at www.ncea.aoa.gov you will find information on:

  • How to find help if you are worried about a senior in your community Definitions, signs, and risks of elder abuse
  • Resources for caregivers