EPPD Senior Liaison Officer Elizabeth Stroner is available to assist the senior population in Eden Prairie with questions and concerns about safety. Officer Stroner can be reached at 952-949-6200.
File of Life
The purpose of the File of Life is to make your medical history available to emergency personnel so that accurate medical treatment can be provided. The file is useful in situations if you become unconscious or unable to share information about your medications or allergies. The file comes with two cards: one for your purse/wallet and one (magnetized) for your refrigerator. It’s easy to use. Simply fill out the card with a pencil and update it regularly. File of Life packets can be picked up at the Eden Prairie Senior Center and the Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments. For more information about the File of Life, contact Officer Elizabeth Stroner at 952-949-6200.
Senior Safety Tips
Many senior citizens fear crime, although statistically their risk of being victimized is quite low. Crimes of violence occur least often, and statistics show that people 65 and over have the lowest rates of being victimized by most types of crime. Criminals look for easy opportunities. If you remove opportunities before criminals spot them, you will make crime more difficult and reduce your chances of becoming a victim. The following tips can help seniors prevent crime:
- Set up a buddy system with a neighbor and check on each other daily.
- Lock the doors and windows in your home.
- Turn lights on around your home and yard. Use timers to turn on your lights when you are not home.
- Require all service and sales people to identify themselves before they come into your home.
- Travel in well-lit, busy areas that you are familiar with.
- Keep car doors locked and windows up when you are driving.
- Be involved.
Most importantly: trust your instincts, be cautious and alert, and exert self-confidence at all times.
Protect yourself from consumer crimes such as fraud, sales gimmicks and scams. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Before you agree to any contract regarding insurance, home repairs, sweepstakes, money, medical or business schemes, check with the Better Business Bureau or the Police Department. Regardless of how nice and polite a door-to-door salesperson or telemarketer may seem, be suspicious of proposals that require immediate cash.
If you do become a victim of crime, call 911 immediately and an officer will assist you.