Important Tips

To Prevent Elder Abuse

  • Be sure to investigate sources of elder care thoroughly.
  • Look around at the facilities and other patients.
  • Check the background of anyone who offers personal home care.
  • Do not be afraid to report elder abuse.
  • Contact Adult Protective Services (888-832-3858) and Suffolk Police if you suspect abuse.

To Prevent Consumer Fraud

  • Always take your time when making a financial decision. Do not be afraid to say "NO."
  • Beware of give-away and free prizes. There is usually a catch.
  • Offers that sound too good to be true usually are.
  • Report consumer fraud to the Attorney General's Office (800-451-1525) and Suffolk Police.

For Personal Safety

  • Have a buddy system with your neighbors and join a Neighborhood Watch program.
  • Whenever possible, travel with a friend.
  • Lock up -- even when you're home.
  • Do not open your door to strangers.
  • If you or someone you know becomes a victim, call the Suffolk Police immediately.