Senior Crimestoppers Overview
|Senior Crimestoppers President Terry Rooker explains the need for the existence and installation of the Senior Crimestoppers program in every nursing home in the country.|
Funded completely by the banking industry, Senior Crimestoppers is a multi-faceted, crime prevention and quality of life program that is administered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, a national organization headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.
Senior Crimestoppers has formed some of the most unique partnerships for the good of a common cause — the safety, security and protection of our nation's elderly. With the support of numerous partners representing banking, health care, non-profits, state and federal government agencies, and law enforcement, Senior Crimestoppers has reduced incidents of crime in nursing homes and senior housing communities by 94% as of March 31, 2015.
Senior Crimestoppers program Components:
- Toll-free Tips Line, operated 24/7, for anonymous tips of information about incidents of wrongdoing. Cash rewards are paid anonymously up to $1,000. Cash and anonymity overcome fear and apathy.
- Personal lockboxes installed in the room of each resident. Lockboxes provide a way to store valuables in a secure manner and serve as a constant reminder of the Senior Crimestoppers program.
- Charter plaque and signs placed in and around the nursing home inform all who enter the facility that crime will not be tolerated.
- Continuing education provided for management and staff. Ongoing training serves as continual reinforcement of the facility’s “Zero Tolerance”policy.
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With the support of our partners, the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation transforms the lives of vulnerable nursing home residents. It is hard to overstate the transformative effect a bank can have on the life of an elderly person by removing fear from their lives — fear of neglect, fear of theft, fear of needing equipment and not knowing where to turn.