February 6 2019

Burlington Police Offering Free Self Defense Classes for Seniors Over 60

By: BNEWS

The Burlington Police Department is offering seniors an opportunity to learn how to protect themselves in the event someone ever tries to assault them.

 

The department is offering free RAD crime prevention and self defense program designed for seniors aged 60 years of age and older.

 

In the announcement police say that according to the National Center on Elder Abuse the statistics of crimes perpetrated against senior citizens are alarming. They say that between one and two million Americans over the age of 65 or older have been injured, exploited or otherwise mistreated by someone they depend on for care and protection. Further, only 1 in 14 incidents of senior abuse or neglect are brought to the attention of authorities. Finally, there may be at least five million elderly financial abuse victims each year.

 

“In order to prevent fraud and abuse against seniors the Burlington Police Department will be hosting a free RAD for Seniors Self-Defense and Personal Safety Training Program,” the post states.

 

The classes will be held on the Burlington Council on Aging and will be offered over 10 sessions that will run from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays for five weeks. The course will start on Tuesday, March 26 and the last class will be held on Thursday, April 26.

 

Anyone interested in participating in the program should contact Officer Lyn Reynolds at (781) 505-4958 or by email at lreynolds@bpd.org to sign up. Leave Officer Reynolds your name, address and phone number to reserve a spot in the RAD for Seniors program.

 

 
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