As we grow into our senior years, our bodies and senses change over time. Changes in hearing, vision, flexibility and mobility all are a natural and unavoidable part of the aging process. But that doesn't mean people with disabilities are incapable of protecting themselves.
It's especially important for people with disabilities to take common sense safety precautions to reduce their vulnerability. If you have a disability or know someone who does, the following safety tips will be helpful to you. Please take the time to read the information: It just may prevent you, a friend or a loved one from becoming a crime victim.
Whenever possible, travel with someone you know. There's strength in numbers.
Have a plan for what you will do if confronted. Show confidence, yell, use a body alarm or whistle or find some other way to make noise.
Be realistic about your limitations. Avoid places or situations that put you at risk, such as dark alleys and unlit parking lots.
Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352
Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151