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NCJ Number: 98232 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Prevention Guide for Senior Citizens
Corporate Author: New Jersey Dept of Community Affairs
Division on Aging
United States of America

New Jersey Dept of Community Affairs
Division of Local Government Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This crime prevention guide offers suggestions to aid the elderly in avoiding criminal victimization.
Abstract: Services offered by police departments are described, including Operation Identification, Neighborhood Watch, and home security surveys. In addition to outlining general strategies for avoiding crimes against the person, specific guidelines are presented for avoiding rape, muggings, and purse snatching. What one should do upon finding an intruder in the home is described. Deterrents to burglary are presented, including special precautions that should be taken during absences from the home. Two typical cons, the pigeon drop and the bank examiner are illustrated, and tips for handling con artists are given. Major types of mail frauds are described including those involving home improvement, chain referral, debt consolidation, business opportunities, medical frauds, and self-improvement. Additional frauds and bunco schemes include advertising campaigns, bait-and-switch tactics, and fear-sell. The hidden crime of elderly abuse in institutions and in communities is also discussed. A telephone directory of New Jersey County Offices of Aging is provided.
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Crimes against the elderly; Fraud; New Jersey; Property crimes
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