Call our direct line at 1 800 222 TIPS (8477). You will be assigned a special code number (PIN) which you will identify yourself with in all future dealings with Crime Stoppers. Your call will not be traced nor recorded. CRIME STOPPERS DOES NOT SUBSCRIBE TO CALL DISPLAY. You cannot be called to testify in court as no one will know who you are – not even Crime Stoppers.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY LAUNCHED ELDER ABUSE PROGRAM
Welcome to Niagara Crime Stoppers Elder Abuse Program.
Together we can help protect our seniors from abuse and help provide the kind of security they deserve.
The Elderly Should NEVER be made to feel Vulnerable
While much has been written about seniors’ “exaggerated” level of fear, a better understanding is required as to why the elderly tend to be more fearful than other age groups. Is this higher fear level due to feelings of physical vulnerability or social isolation? Understanding the sources of this fear can contribute to the development of appropriate interventions as fear itself can isolate seniors, produce mental health issues, and make seniors more vulnerable to financial exploitation.
Be an educated consumer. Fraud is the Number 1 crime against seniors. If you have been defrauded, you may not necessarily be aware that you are a victim. The con artist will take your money and give you little or nothing in return. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Areas of Concern
• Financial crimes by strangers
• Crime and abuse by relatives and caregivers
• Crime and abuse in institutional settings
PROTECTING OUR SENIORS
Exploitation of the elderly has always existed and only in the past few decades has it been recognized as an epidemic as more tragic stories surface into the spotlight.
The three principal areas of concern for seniors, identified in this review, are:
• Financial crimes by strangers. A variety of fraudulent schemes fall in this category, including Ponzi schemes (investment), false promises of prizes, aggressive telemarketing, schemes involving health products, and fraudulent home repairs.
• Crime and abuse by relatives and caregivers. This includes the full range of crime and abuse, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as financial exploitation and neglect. There is also the undue exercise of control, such as isolating the senior from others or interfering with his or her participation in religious services. This report covered the signs of each type of abuse.
• Crime and abuse in institutional settings. Here again, there is the full range of abuse and, in particular, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, as well as systemic abuse.
Much remains to be learned about the prevalence of crimes against Canadian seniors. If you feel that a crime is being committed towards any elderly person, CALL or SUBMIT a TIP anonymously