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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 29, 2010

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 704-6682


SHERIFF CABRAL DELIVERS SAFETY MESSAGE, SENIOR ID PROGRAM TO REVERE SENIORS

Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral with residents of the Friendly Gardens Co–Op in Revere.


Over the course of recent weeks, Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral has toured through the City of Revere visiting groups of seniors to deliver her message of public safety.

Addressing residents of the Jack Satter House, the Friendly Gardens Co–Op, and the Rossetti Cowan Senior Center, Sheriff Cabral presented the Department’s "Crime Prevention Tips For Seniors " – a booklet that provides the reader with safety advice that can help them to avoid identity theft, telephone scams, property theft, muggings, and other crimes and abuses that are heavily targeted at seniors. The Crime Prevention Tips For Seniors booklet also contains important contacts for several public safety agencies, which seniors can utilize in the event that they have been the victims of a crime or scam.

"There are far too many people out there who are targeting seniors with a variety of criminal activities and it is imperative that we all learn how to better protect ourselves," said Sheriff Cabral. "There are some very basic, everyday steps that we can take to increase our safety with respect to identity fraud, telephone scams, and other serious crimes. I am always happy to be able to come out and deliver our message of public safety and help prevent crimes against any of our citizens, particularly against some of our most vulnerable."

As part of her expansive efforts to help achieve greater public health and safety for seniors throughout Suffolk County, Sheriff Cabral also brought along the Department’s Senior ID Program for some of her stops in Revere.

The Senior ID Program – offered free of charge to Suffolk County seniors aged 65 and older – provides participants 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, and medical history, and the name and phone number of the cardholder’s physician and emergency contact, as well as other pertinent information. In addition, the Senior ID is also accepted as a secondary form of identification by many agencies and institutions around Suffolk County.

For more information about Safety Tips For Seniors, the Senior ID Program and other Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department community outreach programs, visit www.scsdma.org.

 


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