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August 23, 2010

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Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral spoke to seniors about personal safety and community participation during the Savin Hill Apartments annual cookout.

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral and Department staff recently visited the Savin Hill Apartments during their annual cookout to administer the Sheriff’s Department Senior Identification Program (Senior ID) to its elder residents.

“Most of the residents here at the Savin Hill Apartments are elderly and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department was kind enough to attend our cookout and, through their Senior Identification program, issue identification cards to our residents,” said Sandra Baker–Grant, Savin Hill Apartments Property Manager.

Created by the Sheriff’s Department, the Senior ID Program provides Suffolk County Seniors with a concise and comprehensive identification card that serves as an important aid to medical responders, should an emergency arise and the holder is unable to communicate. The ID cards include a photo of the cardholder, his or her name, address, blood type, and medical history, and the name and phone number of the cardholder’s physician and emergency contact, as well as other pertinent information.

During the cookout Sheriff Cabral greeted residents of the complex, going table–to–table, and later took the microphone to speak about some of the important safety tips offered by the Department to help them. Most of the tips that Sheriff Cabral spoke about could be found in a brochure, created by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, which was handed out to participants. The Senior Safety Tips brochure was designed to provide older residents of Suffolk County with the kind of information that can help them to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations should they arise.

During her address to the event’s attendees, Sheriff Cabral delivered a wealth of specific preventive actions for seniors to begin taking to increase their daily safety and security.

“I know there are a lot of seniors who take public transportation at the corner nearby, where there has been a problem with purse snatchings and robberies walking to and from the T,” said Sheriff Cabral. “The first suggestion that I have is, if at all possible, never walk alone. Always be with at least one other person and if you can get more than two people that is even better.”

“Also, be aware of your surroundings and, for those of you who carry a handbag, wear one with a strap that goes across the body,” Sheriff Cabral continued. “For those of you who carry a wallet, if at all possible, carry it in the front pocket as opposed to your back pocket.”

As the event drew to a close, Sheriff Cabral encouraged participants to do their part in maintaining a safe and secure community by reporting any crimes or suspicious activity in their area to the local police department.

“Always report all suspicious activity to the police,” said Sheriff Cabral. “If you see anyone who looks suspicious hanging around, don’t be shy about calling the police. A lot of times people will say to themselves, ‘well I’m not sure, the person might not have been doing anything wrong.’ But, you should always err on the side of caution and, for your safety, report what you see that is suspicious to police because they are in the best position to recognize those who may be hanging around that have committed crimes in the past, and they are in the best position to question and apprehend people if necessary.”

To learn more about the Senior Identification Program, click here or call Deputy Justin Plaza at (617) 635–1100, ext. 3156.

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