Senior citizens being proactive about their safety

BALTIMORE, Md. (WMAR) - The elderly is one of the most targeted groups for crime in Baltimore City.  Monday night, the city's state's attorney and other city leaders met with senior citizens and talked about resources available to help them feel safer.

"What they're thinking is about safety in their communities because they are people who are often really preyed upon," said Baltimore resident, Barbara Jackson.

Jackson was just one of the dozens of seniors who attended State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's Court in the Community event. 

"You really don't have to be as fearful as you might think I think there's safety in numbers, I think that when we get information and take it back to our communities it strengthens the community," resident, Sonja Merchant-Jones said.

Monday's forum covered the gamut. From senior abuse to financial fraud to other crimes elderly residents face. 

"I've lived in Baltimore City my whole life and even though the narrative has changed we sometimes have to step up to that to keep us safe in our communities," said Merchant-Jones.

Seniors said learning ways to help themselves and the city they live in, helps everyone. 

"They are vested in our community so to me, we want to protect them, just like we're protecting our kids, we want to protect our seniors," said community activist, Charlene Bourne.

Mosby says events like these send an important message.

"We want to make them aware of what their rights are and that's what today is all about. About knowledge and informing folks we want people to understand and break down the barriers of distrust among communities and law enforcement."


 

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