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[ATG] Zoeller: Henry County creates Triad to help educate, protect older adults from crimes
Start Date: 2/15/2012
End Date: 2/15/2012
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NEW CASTLE, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined Henry County law enforcement and community activists Wednesday to sign the county’s first Triad charter, becoming the 25th Triad in Indiana.

A Triad is a community policing initiative where seniors, law enforcement and community groups partner to meet the crime-safety needs of older adults. Zoeller said triads aim to reduce the number of crimes against the elderly and unwarranted fears often felt by senior citizens.

“It’s the responsibility of the Attorney General to protect consumers and our senior citizens can be vulnerable targets of fraud and scams,” Zoeller said. “Henry County is now the 25th Triad in Indiana that will work to protect its senior community from these types of targeted crimes. This new group will have access to a network of programs offered throughout the state that also work to protect those at risk. With the help of Triads to educate consumers, the Attorney General’s Office can more effectively work to prevent crimes against seniors and hold criminals accountable.”

Zoeller joined the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, New Castle Police Department and the New Castle mayor at the event held at the Henry County Hospital.

The Triad program for Henry County will enhance law enforcement efforts to inform and communicate with a growing segment of our community to reduce the fear of crime and the actual crimes that are perpetrated on our senior citizens,” said Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker. “By working together, law enforcement, seniors and the community will make Henry County a safer place for all its citizens.” 

Zoeller said criminals may seek out senior consumers with a number of scams including:

  • The solicitation of home improvements, medical devices and other services and products;
  • Telemarketing and mail fraud;
  • "International lottery" offers and other sweepstake scams; and
  • Property tax exemption offers for seniors.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office educates and offers information on a number of consumer issues to help people avoid becoming a victim of fraud. For more information and consumer tips to avoiding scams please visit www.indianaconsumer.com and click on “Senior Center.”

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Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: Erin.Reece@atg.in.gov
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