Elder abuse can be reported through Crime Stoppers – Aldergrove Star | Hot Mobile Press

Local police are investigating a phone scam that recently affected several Lower Mainland seniors.

The scam isn’t new, but a local resurgence has been noted, noted Linda Annis, executive director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers.

“We have been told by the police that they are investigating about 20 known cases and want to prevent more seniors from becoming victims,” ​​Annis said. “Usually someone calls a senior citizen and claims that a grandchild or family member is being held in custody and that a large amount of cash is needed to release that person. The story is of course made up and very suspicious, but well-meaning grandparents still withdraw large amounts of money from the bank and arrange for them to be extradited, never to be seen again. We urge anyone with information as to who is behind the crime to call Crime Stoppers anonymously.”

Elder abuse can take many forms, from physical, emotional or psychological abuse to bullying and financial abuse.

“Elder abuse is one of the most underreported crimes in our society. It might go unreported out of embarrassment, fear of retribution, or unwillingness to get a family member in trouble,” Annis said.

Prevent elder abuse

Groups interested in helping seniors and their families prevent this type of abuse can book a See Something, Say Something presentation from Crime Stoppers.

At each session, a retired law enforcement officer is accompanied by a volunteer who goes wherever seniors can gather in the Lower Mainland to give a free lecture and answer questions. They encourage seniors and carers to anonymously report tips to Crime Stoppers or to other law enforcement agencies. Seniors are also encouraged to look out for one another and to pass information to Crime Stoppers anonymously so it can be passed on to the police.

Anyone wishing to contact Crime Stoppers and book a presentation on elder abuse prevention can visit the Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers website solvecrime.ca.

About Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers

Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers is a non-profit corporation and registered charity that offers rewards for anonymous tip information about criminal activity and makes it available to investigators in Metro Vancouver communities.

Anonymous tips can be provided through Crime Stoppers’ downloadable “P3” app for Apple and Android phones, calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, 1-855-448-8477 (new number), online at solvecrime.ca or by following the link on the Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers Facebook page. Find MVCS on Twitter: @solvecrime and Instagram: @metrovancouvercrimestoppers.

Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers accepts tips in 115 different languages ​​and will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of a criminal, the recovery of stolen property, the seizure of illegal drugs or weapons, or the denial of a fraudulent insurance claim to lead . Tipsters remain anonymous by using code numbers to check back later and claim their rewards.

Common forms of elder abuse

Elder abuse is a crime and can take many forms, from physical, emotional or psychological abuse to bullying and financial abuse.

These are all forms of violence against some of the community’s most vulnerable citizens.

It’s a cowardly act, and far too often it goes unreported. Some senior citizens become victims of their own family members and feel they have nowhere to turn.

mistreatment

• Acts of violence and other means to coerce elderly victims

• Deprivation of livelihoods

• Use of drugs to incapacitate them

• Shut seniors out of their homes

• Not providing or permitting adequate sanitation

Emotional or psychological abuse

• Denial of basic rights and privileges

• Restrictions on the freedom to socialize with others

• Denying a safe secure environment

• Deprivation of decision-making powers

• Bullying – Insults, threats, intimidation, yelling, ignoring and isolation.

financial abuse

• Withholding of Funds

• Real estate sale without the consent of the owner

• Forcing elders to alter a will or abuse powers of attorney

• Scams/scams targeting vulnerable seniors

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• READ MORE: BC Seniors Advocate on elder abuse and self-neglect by caregivers

• READ MORE: Langley group dedicated to preventing elder abuse

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