While no crime is good crime, crime against the elderly is particularly offensive and wrong. Brooklyn Eagle (1) reports the Esquire Bank announcement of two Community Development sponsorship loans.
Their loans, to the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, will be used to help fund the already successful ongoing crime prevention services. One of the loans will go to a facility in Hempstead Long Island and one at the Cabs Nursing Home Company in Brooklyn.
The great thing about this partnership is that it will continue to provide protection to senior citizens and the partnership is fully funded. Ergo there is no cost to the community, to taxpayers, or even to the residents of the facilities.
Some of the added benefits of this program include:
Personal lock boxes for residents
Cash rewards for info about criminal incidents
Clear markings stating the facilities zero tolerance policy for crime
Ongoing training in eliminating crime on site and in the area
While the numbers on a longer scale are down significantly, the 28 day numbers as reported by NYC.gov (2) show that robbery in the 84th Precinct is up almost 50%. Elderly are likely to be the target of random petty robbery.
Until all crime is eliminated, the community needs to continue to rely on programs like this one from Esquire Bank.