Senior Safety

At home

  • Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors; keep them locked at all times.
  • Protect windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security devices.
  • Use timers to automatically turn lights on when you're not home.
  • Never let strangers into your home without checking their ID. Call the company if you're not sure.
  • If you live alone, don't advertise it. Use only your first initial in phone directories and other listings.
  • Get to know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers handy for emergencies.
  • Keep all valuables in a safe deposit box.
  • Install a peephole.
  • Ask police department to perform a free home security inspection.

While you're out

  • If you must carry a purse, hold it close to your body.
  • Carry your wallet in an inside jacket pocket or front pocket.
  • Avoid dark, deserted, and unfamiliar routes.
  • When using public transportation, sit near the driver if possible.
  • Don't overburden yourself with groceries or packages.
  • Have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle/home.
  • When driving keep doors locked and windows up. Park in well-lighted, busy areas. If you have car trouble, beware of strangers who offer help. Instead, stay in your car and ask them to call a service truck or police.
  • Consider purchasing a cellular phone for emergencies.


If it is too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Never give out your credit card number or social security number to anyone who has called you.
  • Be wary of callers who ask for a fee because you have "won" a contest prize - don't pay a cent.
  • Beware of stock tips, investment opportunities, and "get-rich-quick" schemes.
  • Watch out for door-to-door sales people selling merchandise or services. Do not sign anything until you have had time to review with a friend or family member.
  • Be wary of telephone callers using names of local police departments, church groups, or medical groups to get money from you. Most charity organizations are willing to send information to you before you give.
  • Call your family doctor if you are pressured to purchase quick cures, miracle drugs, or similar scams.
  • Never withdraw funds from the bank for anyone before consulting bank officials.

While traveling

  • Carry minimum luggage.
  • Lock and label each piece of luggage with your name and address.
  • Keep your belongings close to you.
  • Don't look vulnerable or lost. Walk with purpose and stay alert.
  • Use traveler's checks instead of cash whenever possible.

Security surveys

The Bethany Beach Police Department offers free home security surveys to residents who reside within the Town of Bethany Beach.

To schedule your survey, contact Cpl. Patrick Foley, Crime Prevention Officer, at call (302) 539-1000.