Category: Safety Watch

Missing persons

By Sgt. Sheri Tate/DRPS According to the Alzheimer Society, three out of five people with a form of dementia, such as Alzheimer disease, will become a missing person. The person may leave to go...

Senior homelessness

By Sergeant Sheri Tate/DRPS Lately myself and Tammy Rankin, the senior safety advisor for the Region of Durham, have been assisting many seniors who have faced eviction from their residences. There are many reasons...

Seniors Talk with Sgt. Sheri

By Sergeant Sheri Tate/DRPS When I started my job as senior support coordinator for the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) two years ago, I had so many new things to learn about, such as...

New CRA scam just in time for tax season

By Sergeant Sheri Tate/DRPS The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam is still happening and, unfortunately, claiming more victims. Now, there is a new twist to the current CRA scam. Let’s recap the ongoing scam...

Let’s talk medication safety

By Sergeant Sheri Tate/DRPS According to Statistics Canada, seniors are more likely to be taking controlled medications, such as narcotics. Seniors are therefore more at risk of having their medications stolen from them, or...

Be cautious of scams this season

By Sergeant Sheri Tate/Active Senior’s Digest As Christmas is approaching, it is important for us to be extra aware of our surroundings when shopping in crowded malls and stores. As a detective investigating frauds...

Prevention of falls and financial losses

By Sergeant Sheri Tate/Active Senior’s Digest Why would a police officer recommend attending a Falls Prevention Exercise program? You may feel the role of police and my recommendation for seniors to exercise has nothing...

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Protect yourself from fraud and scams

By Sergeant Sheri Tate/DRPS We all need to be diligent and aware of the many scams designed to defraud you of your hard earned money. Seniors especially need education in this area because they...

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Power of Attorney’s restricting visits

By Sergeant Sheri Tate/Durham Regional Police Service My office, The Senior Support Unit, receives many calls regarding Powers of Attorney (POA)  trying to restrict or prevent access to the elderly adult. There are two...

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Frauds and scams

By Sergeant Sheri Tate/Durham Regional Police Service Canadians lose millions of dollars every year to frauds and scams. Although the police receive complaints from victims of all ages, unfortunately, many seniors are targeted by...