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Federal officials estimate there are guns in one half of the households in the United States. Because of this alarming statistic, your child could easily come into contact with a gun at a neighbor's house, when playing with friends or even at home. A gun is a tool, not a toy, and should be handled only by an adult. Guns are left thoughtlessly and carelessly within the grasp or sight of children by parents and adults...and even more amazing...LOADED! Because more than 50% of our households have in their possession some type of firearm, we must educate our children to avoid tragic consequences and made aware that GUNS DO KILL!

Tips for Children

If you see a gun, here are three things to do:

It may not be real, but it might be, and it might be loaded.
Get away from the gun as fast as possible. If it's real you don't want to be around if someone else picks it up or starts to play with it.
As fast as you can, tell your parents or some other adult you know. Your parents will know what to do.

You have two important jobs -  educate your children about the dangers of guns, and  learn how to keep your own guns stored safely and out of the reach of children.

Teach your children that guns can and DO KILL! Teach your children the three things to do when they see a gun. Inquire about guns at your children's friend's house. Don't be shy about asking the parents of these friends if there are guns in the house and how they are stored. It's your child who could become an innocent victim of someone else's carelessness.

        Keep Your Children ALIVE...

Treat every firearm with respect...always as if it was loaded Unload weapons when they are not in use Keep all weapons locked securely in cabinets Keep bullets locked away separately from the guns themselves Never point a gun at anyone, never horseplay with weapons Equip your guns with trigger locks Educate your children...Educate Yourself...Keep your kids alive.


Strangers are not always evil looking.

Child molesters and abductors usually look like everyday people. Tell your kids not to talk to adults they do not know. Anytime they are approached by an adult they should check with a parent or trusted adult immediately.

How child molesters and abductors gain a child's confidence.

Often times they will befriend a child by asking for help. Some examples are: Asking to help find a lost pet; asking directions to someone's house; offering reward money for assistance; saying Mom or Dad have been hurt or need their help; acting like an undercover police officer (children should only approach uniformed police officers and/or marked police cars).

They may also gain your child's trust by very minor contacts over several days, such as saying hello to them repeatedly. Make sure your children know to tell you if a stranger is trying to make friends with them.

Children are most vulnerable when they are alone.

Individuals who prey on children wait for an opportunity when the child is alone. Children should not be outside their home by themselves, even for short periods of time. They should walk to and from school and bus stops in groups.

Working together with other families in your neighborhood to develop a formal plan for kids to walk together is a good idea.

Parents are encouraged to join or organize a Neighborhood Watch Program in their community.

Tell children to stay away from cars.

A car or other vehicle is often the means by which the abductor removes the child from the neighborhood. Children should never approach a vehicle unless they are absolutely sure they know the occupants. Abductors entice children to walk near their vehicles and then pull them inside.

If children routinely see the same car parked (or following them) on their normal walking routes (to and from school, etc.) they should report it to trusted adults immediately.

Role play with your children.

Act like a stranger and see how your children react. Teach them the proper way to respond. Kids should run away, yell loudly, and say exactly what is happening, such as "Help, this is not my Dad" or "Help, I'm being kidnapped" or "Help, call the police." If children just scream, people may think they are only throwing a temper tantrum. The more you practice, the better your children will be at responding to difficult situations.

Report any suspicious activity immediately.

Talk to your children about safety practices on a daily basis. Children do not put the same emphasis on suspicious activity as adults. Asking them direct questions (Did you talk to anyone new today?) may bring suspicious acts to light. If they report anything suspicious call the East Orange Police.

Tips for reporting suspicious activity.

Obtain the following information and report immediately:

  • Suspicious Vehicle:

  • License plate number and state

  • Color of vehicle

  • Body style (2 door, 4 door, wagon, pickup truck, convertible, etc...)

  • Location and direction of travel

  • Description of occupants

Suspicious Person:

  • Race

  • Sex

  • Clothing: hat, jacket, shirt, pants, shoes. Facial features: hair color, hair length, mustache/beard, glasses, scars, missing teeth, height, weight, location and direction of travel


The senior citizen population is the fastest growing population in the country. Surveys show that persons over age 65 are victims of crime far less frequently than younger people. But many senior citizens are so afraid of crime that they shut themselves up in their homes and rarely go out. Isolating ourselves behind locked doors only makes it easier for criminals to work in the neighborhood. You can reduce opportunities for criminals to strike by being alert and careful, and by following these tips.

When you are out...

  • Don't carry a purse if you can avoid it. If you must, hold it close to your body-don't let it dangle.

  • Never carry a wallet in your back pocket. Put it in an inside jacket pocket or front pocket instead.

  • Try not to wait alone at deserted bus stops. If you can, walk to the next stop where others may be waiting also.

  • When using the bus or other public transportation, sit near the driver if possible.

  • Don't overburden yourself with packages and groceries that obstruct your view and make it difficult to react.

  • Always have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle or home.

When you are at home...

  • Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you're in the house. Use deadbolt locks on exterior doors.

  • If you live alone, don't advertise it. Use only your first initial in phone books, directories, and apartment lobbies.

  • Get to know your neighbors and keep their phone numbers in case of emergency.

  • Work out a "buddy" system with a friend to check on each other daily. Some communities have programs where neighbors call every day to check if residents need assistance.

  • If you arrive home and suspect a stranger is inside, do not go inside. Leave quietly and call the police-your safety should always come first.

Protect Your Money

  • If you receive checks in the mail regularly, arrange instead for them to be deposited directly in your bank account. The Social Security Administration and most pension funds offer this service.

  • Avoid carrying large sums of money. If you must, have a friend accompany you.

  • Don't sign a check or contract until you are sure you know the details and it is for a legitimate reason. Don't be afraid to delay a signing or to say 'no!'

  • Don't keep large sums of money in your home.



Some of the most common scams involve home repairs, clean-up efforts, heating and cooling equipment, charities, donating money, bank transfers, telephone, and  damage or repairs to automobiles. This type of scam artist usually prey on the elderly, single or widowed women living alone.

Check with your insurance company about policy coverage and any specific filing requirements that the company may have.

Although you may be anxious to get things repaired and back to normal, avoid acting in haste.  Don't be pressured into signing long-term contracts.  Make temporary repairs if necessary.

Be wary of door-to-door workers who claim your home or automobile are unsafe.  If concerned about possible structural damage in your home, have an engineer, architect or a building official from East Orange Property Maintenance inspect it.

This is also the time of year when scam artists go into the "home improvement" business. Often a pickup truck will stop at the house of an elderly person and tell them that they were working in the area and noticed that the victims driveway needed repair. Since they are in the area anyway they are willing to give the victim a "great deal" on resurfacing the driveway. When the victim agrees the scam artists will quickly brush on some coal tar on top of the driveway which will make it look fresh for a few days or until it rains. For this "repair" with $50.00 worth of materials the scam artist will charge hundreds or thousands of dollars and quickly disappear before the victim becomes aware they have been ripped off. A variation of this scam is that these same people will "repair" roofs by resurfacing them with a cheap sealer and charging outrageous prices for this worthless "fix."

Remember - be suspicious of any deal that is "For Today Only", pressure tactics, a "Special Price" if you sign right away, or large cash deposits are required in advance. You should always get at least two bids for a repair job. Ask for and check out references of prior work.

Don't be Conned

The Pigeon Drop - the swindlers claim they have found a large sum of money and offer to share it with you. They ask you to put up some "good faith" money before you get in on the deal. That is the last you will see of your money. You are left with nothing but phony instructions on how to collect your share of the "found" cash.

The Bank Examiner - a professional - looking person tells you he is a bank official and needs your help in the investigation of a dishonest teller. He asks you to withdraw cash from your savings account and give the money to him so he can check the serial numbers. You do what he asks, and you never see him or your money again.

Home Repairs - never accept an unsolicited "free" inspection of your furnace, roof, air conditioner, or anything.

Prepare a written agreement with anyone you hire.  Never pay for repairs in advance and never pay cash; use a check or money order! If possible, don't allow these strangers to enter your home without anyone present. Never give strangers the keys to your home or automobile, they can be easily duplicated.

Always get several estimates for any repair job.  Be sure to compare prices and contract terms.

Ask for references AND check them out.  

Contact your local Better Business Bureau to check out a company's reputation before you authorize any work or pay out any money. 

If you are still unsure of the reputation or identity of the solicitor and you think  he or she  might be involved in a scam, call the East Orange Police Department or your local police agency and explain the circumstance.

Telephone Scams

There are many telephone charity scams, many times they represent themselves as a police or fire organization. Before giving, make sure that the charity is legitimate. Ask questions. Ask for a call back number. Make sure you know exactly who you are giving to. Feel free to check on a charity - ask questions - ask the caller to mail you some information and for a call back number. Ask about their tax - free status and the percentage of your donation that the charity will receive. Do not feel pressured to make an immediate commitment; "deadlines" are a characteristic of a scam. Do not pay with cash; use a check.

State of New Jersey
Department of Law and Public Safety
Division of Consumer Affairs

Following an in-depth study to determine the types of frauds frequently directed at New Jersey's older citizens, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs' Elder Fraud Task Force issued a detailed report on its findings and made recommendations on how to combat the types of frauds affecting the State's senior citizens.

The Elder Fraud Task Force's study determined that four areas of fraud were most problematic for the more than 1.3 million older citizens residing in New Jersey: Home Repair, Telemarketing, Financial/Securities and Health/Insurance. Although most fraud victims are between the ages of 18 and 35, nearly 30% are over the age of 65. With one out of five New Persians over the age of 60, the Division of Consumer Affairs ("Consumer Affairs") is striving to protect those citizens from fraud or unscrupulous business practices. To meet this goal, Consumer Affairs, which is part of the Department of Law and Public Safety, established the Elder Fraud Investigations ("EFI") Unit.

The EFI Unit investigates cases where senior citizens have been victimized and protects others from being defrauded. Representatives from the EFI Unit travel throughout New Jersey educating older citizens and residents of senior housing communities, clubs and organizations. EFI members also assist victims in filing complaints with appropriate agencies. Presentations are tailored to fit whatever time constraints your club or organization may have. EFI members are also available following presentations to speak privately with anyone who wishes to do so. Copies of the "New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Facts for Older Citizens" booklet is distributed, free of charge, to all attendees.

If your group is interested in having a member of the Elder Fraud Investigations Unit attend a meeting, or you need assistance in filing a complaint, please call the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs in Newark or in Camden. For the Newark Office, call 973-504-6534. For the Camden Office, call 856-614-3100. When calling, ask for a member of the Elder Fraud Investigations Unit, or leave a message to have your call returned. A meeting with your organization will be scheduled as soon as possible. Remember, Consumer Affairs is here to help you.

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