Elder Abuse

Many senior citizens are so afraid of crime that they shut themselves up in their homes and rarely go out. Or, if they do find themselves the victim of a crime they rarely have the resources available to them for support.

If you believe you have been abused or if you have been the victim of a crime reported through the Pocatello Police Department, we would like to offer you assistance through our victim services program.

Understanding your rights and what happens next can be the critical element that can alleviate undo frustration, stress and added anxiety. Call 208-234-6515 for more information.

Aging Resource Guide
The Aging Resource Guide provides a contact directory of services for the elderly.

Crime Prevention for Senior Citizens
The senior citizen population is the fastest growing population in the country. Surveys show that persons over age 65 are victims of crime far less frequently than younger people. But many senior citizens are so afraid of crime that they shut themselves up in their homes and rarely go out. Isolating ourselves behind locked doors only makes it easier for criminals to work in the neighborhood. You can reduce opportunities for criminals to strike by being alert and careful, and by following these tips.
  1. When You Are Out
  2. When You Are at Home
  3. Protect Your Money
  4. Don't Be Conned
  5. What to Do If You Are a Victim
When You Are Out
  • Don't carry a purse if you can avoid it. If you must, hold it close to your body-don't let it dangle.
  • Never carry a wallet in your back pocket. Put it in an inside jacket pocket or front pocket instead.
  • Try not to wait alone at deserted bus stops. If you can, walk to the next stop where others may be waiting also.
  • When using the bus or other public transportation, sit near the driver if possible.
  • Don't overburden yourself with packages and groceries that obstruct your view and make it difficult to react.
  • Always have your car or house key in hand as you approach your vehicle or home.