Criminals are cowards and they like to pick the easiest targets, and, whether it's true or not, they often think people with disabilities, people who are very young or very old, and women are easy targets. Knowing this, you may want to be extra careful and take extra precautions.
All of the advice in this course should help anyone - no matter what his or her age, gender, or abilities. Simply using common sense can reduce your risk. But there are some additional things you should consider if you do have a disability.
Avoid places or situations that put you at extra risk, such as parking lots or streets without adequate lighting and escape routes for people with physical disabilities.
If you have impaired vision, hearing, or mobility, you'll want to be even more alert to your surroundings when you're out in public. You may also want to carry a cell phone or other safety device to assist in case of emergency.
Look for alternate escape routes and accessible telephones, restaurants, and stores around where you live and work. Know the location of your local police and fire stations.
Install peepholes and locks on front and back doors at your eye level. This is especially important if you use a wheelchair.
This message should include your name, address, and type of disability. Carry the written message with you and keep the recorded one at home near your phone.
This makes it safer for everyone. If possible, travel with a friend or in a group, especially at night. Let others know where you are going and when you plan to be back. Get to know your neighbors and look out for one another.