Burlington County Sheriff’s Department still taking applications for Senior Home Security Program

Seniors could be eligible to receive free home surveys and safety modifications.

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

“Seniors looking to make their homes more secure, can set-up 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 Stanfield, other security 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. “Studies have shown that even minimal security measures can reduce chances of being victimized.”

Norcross 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.

To qualify, at least one person in the household must be 60 years of age or older.

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

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