Fawcett teams with Fairfield detective to protect seniors

State Rep. Kim Fawcett recently joined forces with Fairfield Police Det. Jason Takacs to advocate for legislation to better protect seniors from elder abuse crimes.

The proposed legislation would create a website at the newly-formed state Agency on Aging that would list those individuals convicted of crimes against seniors. The website would serve as a centralized registry of all those individuals known to be involved in crimes targeting seniors.

“Predators are singling out seniors because they are more vulnerable and are often isolated so they can become easy prey,” Fawcett said. “Our idea is to create a tool for all those that serve, protect or care for seniors to have at their disposal in order to stop criminals from becoming repeat offenders.”

Takacs brought the idea to Fawcett last fall after investigating several crimes against Fairfield seniors. He realized that most often these crimes are committed by predators that repeatedly target senior populations and that actual tools to assist in the prevention and solving of these crimes are lacking.

Police detectives would be able to access the registry to help alert them to individuals who might have a track record of these types of crimes.  Nursing homes and home health care providers could also utilize the site to screen prospective employees.

Crimes against seniors have increased in recent years, while general crime statistics have leveled off. Predatory behavior targeting seniors is described as physical abuse, financial scams, deception and theft. While most often the crimes are committed by individuals who are known to their victims (friends or family), the police have found that more organized scams are now targeting seniors solely because of their age and perceived vulnerability.

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