‘They expect the best out of folks’ | HCSO starts new unit for crimes against elderly as they become more frequent targets

“The elderly are inclined to expect the best out of folks, and that’s simply from a unique time and totally different period,” Sgt. Tschudy mentioned.

HOUSTON — It’s a tragic actuality, however crimes against the elderly are ticking up, and that’s forcing the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to take motion.

Martha Medina’s life was taken Thursday after her purse was snatched exterior a McDonald’s. She was 71 years outdated.

“In a haste and hurry to get away, they ran over her,” her son Adrian Medina said. “That’s not something that you’re prepared to take. I feel robbed.”

And days in the past, a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy needed to smash the window of a automobile after a man tried to carjack a 82-year-old lady along with her inside.

It’s unhappy, and actually, fairly disturbing, however authorities say they have been seeing more crimes against older folks.

“The elderly are inclined to expect the best out of folks, and that’s simply from a unique time and totally different period. Things have form of modified since then,” Sgt. Brian Tschudy mentioned.

And the crimes come in several types: abuse, neglect and exploitation.

“Most of the time, it’s monetary exploitation, both scams through the telephone or the web. Also form of con artist scams, come to the home, attempt to discuss their method into the home,” Sgt. Tschudy mentioned.

And some crimes can get sophisticated.

“Trying to get a deed to a home that’s been paid for signed over to them, so making an attempt to actually steal somebody’s home from them,” Sgt. Tschudy mentioned.

Sgt. Tschudy mentioned to fight this, the sheriff’s office has began a new unit designated solely to crimes against the elderly and disabled.

On high of that, they’re doing more outreach.

They not too long ago held a Senior Citizen’s Police Academy, instructing seniors to at all times be cautious:

  • Don’t open the door if they’re dwelling alone
  • Don’t pack giant sums of money
  • Don’t present personal info to folks they don’t know, both in individual or on the telephone

Because when you’d by no means assume somebody may hurt your grandparent, sadly, it does occur.

“You’ve acquired to be the lowest of the low to focus on an elderly individual,” Sgt. Tschudy mentioned.

More suggestions for senior residents could be discovered at any of these web sites: 

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Everyones_Business/

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/adult_protection/

https://www.napsa-now.org/get-help/how-aps-helps/

For volunteer opportunites, go to: https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Community/Volunteer/local.asp

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