Crime prevention and victim services help address the special vulnerability to crime and violence of some elderly people. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to the crimes of burglars, purse snatchers, petty thieves, and con artists. They fear crime, especially violent crime, and that fear causes many to remain in their homes. This strategy addresses their fear of crime and provides crime prevention services to minimize both fear and crime.
The components of this strategy include the following:
A communication network to keep the elderly alert to potential crime
Information and training on how to report crime
Services to support elderly victims in dealing with the physical, emotional, and financial impacts of crime
Access to products, training, and other services to help prevent victimization.
The primary focus of Elder Services is to improve law enforcement services and establish positive relations with the senior residents of Wickenburg. Other services provided by this position include the following:
Meeting with Senior Citizen groups.
Analyzing and solving older adult victimization problems.
Developing crime prevention programs geared towards Senior citizens.
Recruiting, training and supervising Senior volunteers.
Investigating elder abuse.
Developing in-service training for officers on how to recognize and investigate elder abuse.