National Safe Seniors Week
2017-11-08 15:40 PST
File # National Seniors Safety Week
November 6th to November 12th is National Safe Seniors Week and with that the Nanaimo RCMP would like to recognize the thousands of seniors who choose to live in and enhance our community. Seniors bring with them a life time of skills and experiences that not only better our community but make it a great place to live. Each year it is fitting that one week is set aside to acknowledge these wonderful people.
The Nanaimo RCMP continues to find ways to increase their communication and service delivery to seniors, as well as all citizens of Nanaimo. One way is through the establishment of a senior’s communication email group.
Over the past year all seniors care facilities in Nanaimo and surrounding communities have been added to the list. The group is used to alert, inform and educate seniors on issues affecting them. Managers of these facilities have been very receptive to ensure clients are apprised of the issues which impact them, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
Additionally, members of the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Unit frequently attend care homes to give presentations on such issues as Personal Safety, Frauds and Scams and Cyber Safety.
The presentations allow our members to hear what issues are impacting seniors and to hear first-hand from them of their experiences, said O'Brien.
Another way the local detachment works on senior’s engagement is through Block Watch. Individual Blocks are asked to periodically check on
shut ins who live amongst them. Some seniors living alone may not step outside their homes for days or weeks on end. The Blocks are asked to periodically check on them to ensure they are not only physically safe but are also not being targeted by fraudsters through lotto scams or by door to door scammers.
The following tips are just some ways to ensure seniors are safe and secure from fraudsters.
Personal Safety and Security
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times
- Don't linger in isolated areas and try to always be around others
- Do not go out at night by yourself and hold your purse or fanny pack securely
- Never let strangers know you are alone or live alone. This begins with your message on your answering machine
- If you are expecting a service or repair person, have a friend come over during the visit
- Keep all doors and windows locked and secure at all times
- Do not trust emails asking you for personal information; they are most likely scams
• Do not believe any online messages or mail that tells you that you have won the lotto
- Do not keep valuables at home; keep them in a safety security box in the bank
- Use direct deposit for any cheques, disability, or pension payments
- Check your bank accounts frequently
- If you have a computer, use Google to educate yourself on current scams in your community
- Hang up on telemarketers or others who try to pressure you in to giving them personal information
If you have been a victim of crime, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.
Cst. Gary O'BrienMedia Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2N3
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