Charter presentation kicks off Senior Crimestoppers at Rocky Mountain Care
Last week Bank of American Fork and Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation teamed up to present the Senior Crimestoppers program at Rocky Mountain Care Center in Murray. Senior Crimestoppers is a coordinated set of components that work together to create a zero-tolerance-to-crime platform in senior housing facilities. Components include personal lockboxes for the residents, cash rewards up to $1,000 paid anonymously for information about wrongdoing of any kind and education and training for staff members and residents. Senior Crimestoppers has reduced all aspects of crime in participating facilities by 92 percent. Bank of American Fork is the first Utah bank to fund this program.
“This marks the formal announcement that Rocky Mountain Care is the newest member of Senior Crimestoppers,” said George Clinard, vice president of Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation. “Our mission is to provide a safe and secure living condition. The reason this program works is because it’s made up of a group of components that all work together.”
“We’re excited to be a part of this. We are committed to communities,” said Rick Anderson, senior vice president, Bank of American Fork. “My father recently lost some money because he thought he was helping someone in need. He’s a former college professor and we wouldn’t have expected this, but crime can happen to anyone. We’re committed to helping protect against this and other types of crimes against seniors.”
One of the fun parts of the Senior Crimestoppers program is an annual $250 check for the care facility to use as they see a need—some throw a party for residents and other facilities use it to help a specific individual. Rocky Mountain Care had already designated what they would use their first “Wish Comes True” check for.
“We’re using this to purchase an iPad for a resident that can’t speak for himself,” said Kim Bangerter, administrator for Rocky Mountain Care. “This will allow him to communicate with staff and other residents.”
Some residents in the sponsored facilities have already received their personal lockboxes, and one resident told the group that she loves her lockbox. She said that knowing that only she knows where her key is allows her to feel secure that her important items—like Christmas gift money, her will and photos of her family—are safe.
Also in attendance was Tracey Larson, vice president and special projects manager at Bank of American Fork, who was recently appointed as the financial representative for the Governor’s Commission on Aging. Larson and Jilenne Gunther, from the Utah Department of Aging and Adult Services, will continue the conversation about how to protect seniors from financial abuse on a live internet radio show on November 20 at 6:00 Mountain Time, at www.latalkradio.com.