- Joining a watch group, such as Block Watch, encourages community cohesiveness and increases awareness of what is happening in the neighbourhood.
- When out and about in the community, stay in open areas with good visibility, keep an eye out for suspicious activity, and carry a cellphone in case of emergency.
- Often perpetrators are known to the victim, which can make it even more difficult for seniors to break the cycle of abuse.
- Prevention begins with the recognition of the signs of elder abuse and reaching out to someone trusted for help. This can include family, friends and local authorities.
- Personal information, including information on receipts and bank statements, should be closely monitored and shredded prior to disposal.
- Only trusted and reputable organizations should be used. These can be verified by contacting the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for a report.
- More of today's seniors are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Being aware of the risks and taking necessary precautions to keep information private is essential to creating and maintaining a safe and enjoyable social media experience.
For a copy of the BC Crime Prevention Association's 2013 Senior Safety Booklet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org