A physical disability – impaired vision, hearing, mobility etc. – doesn’t prevent you from being a victim of crime. Follow these tips from the Orlando Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Unit to ensure your safety:
- Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
- Be realistic about your limitations. Avoid places or situations that put you at risk.
- Know the 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.
- Avoid establishing predictable activity patterns.
- Put good locks on all of your doors. We recommend double-cylinder, deadbolt locks, but make sure you can easily use the locks you install.
- 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 and keep this next to your phone.
Call the Orlando Police Department and schedule a free home-security survey to help identify your individual needs. Call 407.246.2369 or email at OPDNeighborhoodWatch@cityoforlando.net.