Hempstead Town officials have announced 15 crime prevention seminars for senior citizens.
Officials from the town’s Department of Public Safety will offer safety tips to seniors, part of a campaign to help them avoid being the victims of burglaries. The free seminars will educate seniors about what to watch for, what to avoid and how to protect themselves from criminals.
“I urge all senior citizens to take advantage of this free educational safety seminar,” Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement. “Simple prevention measures that will be discussed during the seminars can protect our residents and keep them out of harm’s way.”
The effort follows a well-publicized rash of such burglaries targeting seniors. The victims were lured away from their home’s entrance by one thief’s friendly small talk while an accomplice slipped in to loot the house.
The seminar schedule is as follows:
Baldwin Senior Center, Monday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m.
Bellmore Senior Center, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m.
Cedarhurst Senior Center, Monday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.
Elmont Senior Center, Monday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.
Franklin Square Senior Center, Monday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m.
Green Acres Senior Center, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.
Hempstead Senior Center, Friday, Feb. 10, 1 p.m.
Levittown Senior Center, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m.
Merrick Senior Center, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m.
Oceanside Senior Center, Monday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.
Rosa Parks Senior Center, Friday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m.
Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Dr. in Westbury — Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m.
Uniondale-Hempstead Senior Center, Friday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m.
Uniondale-Merrick Senior Center, Friday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.
Wantagh Senior Center, Friday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.
A free senior citizen crime prevention brochure is also available for residents. For more information, call the Department of Public Safety at 516-538-1900. The brochure will also be distributed at the seminars.