People who work around and with the elderly know that they can often be targets for theft and abuse. Now a Pierce County program is in place to help take suspects who victimize seniors off the streets.
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County and Seattle University’s Executive Leadership Program, with the support of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, have joined forces to launch the “Crime Stoppers – Crimes Against Seniors” program.
The Crime Stoppers – Crimes Against Seniors tip line and website are now available. If you are a senior citizen and believe you may have become a victim of theft or abuse, or if you know a senior who may be a victim, you now have an anonymous way to report the crime. By placing an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers, you can report the crime without the fear of retaliation or the possible feeling of embarrassment over being taken advantage of.
Crime Stoppers will take tips on suspects committing any of these common types of crimes against senior citizens:
- Theft of money, goods, services, mail, credit cards, etc.
- Financial fraud, including credit card theft and misuse, telephone or email solicitation scams, Medicare/Medicaid fraud.
- Physical abuse and neglect.
- Fraudulent service providers, including construction/home repair workers, caregivers, etc.
If the tip is criminal in nature, Crime Stoppers will take action. If it is not criminal, they will forward the tip to the appropriate social/advocacy agency for assistance.
Callers will remain anonymous. The call is confidential and tipsters are eligible for cash rewards on tips that lead to the arrest and charges filed in crimes originally reported through the Crime Stoppers tip line.
Crime Stoppers is a proven tool that has worked in conjunction with area law enforcement agencies to take multiple felons off the street. Now it’s time for people to stand up and report crime against seniors.
To reach Crime Stoppers, call 1-253-591-5959 or visit them online at www.tpcrimestoppers.com.