Burlington County Sheriff accepting applications for ‘Senior Home Security Program’

The program provides eligible seniors with free home security surveys and modifications.

Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield has announced that her department is now once again accepting applications to provide seniors free home security surveys and modifications.

“Seniors looking to make their homes more secure, can setup an appointment with our professionally trained technicians who will conduct a security review and make recommendations based on their assessment,” Stanfield said. “Door and window locks, peepholes, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are just some of the items that our technicians can install and instruct the senior on their use and operation.”

According to the Office of the Sheriff, other security/safety items that may be installed free of charge include reflective house numbers, lamp timers, power failure lights, and “med-info” packets, which provide emergency responders with important medical information about the residents.

“The program is designed to increase residents’ knowledge and safety and make them feel less vulnerable and to educate them on how to not become a victim of crime,” undersheriff Bryan Norcross said.

Norcross also said crime prevention specialists are available to give home security workshops and presentations to clubs, churches, and various civic and community groups.

“These workshops provide seniors with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest frauds and scams,” Norcross said.

According to Stanfield, the senior home security program serves roughly 300 homes a year for seniors over the age of 60. To qualify, at least one person in the household must be 60 years of age or older.

“My department is committed to the safety and security of our senior citizens and we look forward to serving even more residents this year,” Stanfield said.

Interested residents can call (609) 265–5796 to register.

For those seeking additional information, visit: http://nj-burlingtoncounty.civicplus.com/143/Home-Security-Inspections.