How does Safety figure in our age-in-place strategies? SNAP’s Spring 2019 Senior Safety & Security Info-Expo featured speakers from both Rural Metro and the Pima County Sheriff Department in a forum that included lively discussion about home and personal safety, a review of computer security, identity theft and protection from scams, as well as information tables to support the discussion.

SNAP Program Committee representative Joe Steiner offers this recap of key points from the discussion:

Rural Metro

  • Maintain a 30’ clear zone around the home. More on wildfires and preparing your home for Fire Safety here.
  • Access “Fire Wise” program for safety information. Our community is working on the application process to become a Fire Wise community (benefits include receiving insurance discounts).
  • Rural Metro can perform home safety inspections. [624-4400]
  • Older Adult Heat Safety link is here.
  • Other Rural Metro features include Kidde Senior Lock Box Program: Rural Metro can gain access to home using authorized key to open the lock box in which the homeowner has put the key to the home. [] and
  • Another Rural Metro feature for homeowners: Ambulance service is available per Rural Metro @$80 per year.

Pima County Sheriff’s Department

  • Frauds: This is the most common crime in our area.
  • Credit cards may be vulnerable to access from someone. Carry the cards in a metal wallet for prevention.
  • Computer and home devices can be problematic. Be aware of security concerns with devices or free apps that can be monitored or hacked.
  • Here is the link to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Resource Guide

Resources on locks and safes, the approved Lock Box, various Attorney General and AARP materials on scams, as well as local information on personal monitors, computer security and home alarms, were shared at the meeting.

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Thanks to Battalion Chief John Walka, Station 47 team members, Deputy Rosebeck and Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Auxiliary Watch representatives Sue Stensel and Tim Rollins for participating in SNAP’s education program.