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Local bank funds Senior Crimestoppers group in Hagerstown

June 25, 2012
  • The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation Inc. and First United Bank & Trust held a charter presentation at the Alexander House on May 8 in Hagerstown. From left are Richard "Dick" Kid, commercial lending officer for First United Bank & Trust; Charles Dunnigan, Alexander House resident; Danette Jones, Alexander House administrator; and Charles "Chuck" Eichelberger, community office manager at the Hagerstown office of First United Bank & Trust.
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First United Bank & Trust recently joined the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation Inc., or SHCPF, and is funding the Senior Crimestoppers program for those living at the Alexander House in Hagerstown.

The SHCPF is a national organization that serves as a conduit for banks to fulfill their federally mandated Community Reinvestment Act requirements through providing aid to low- and moderate-income individuals in their communities.

The foundation’s mission is to provide safe and secure living environments for the nation’s senior nursing home residents through the operation of the Senior Crimestoppers program.

Components of Senior Crimestoppers include personal lockboxes for the residents, cash rewards of up to $1,000 paid anonymously for information about wrongdoing of any kind, and ongoing education and training for staff members and residents.

Senior Crimestoppers has reduced all aspects of crime in participating facilities by 92 percent, according to a news release.

Implementing this program does not mean the facility has a crime problem, but that the administrator is finding a way to keep problems from occurring in the future, Terry Rooker, president of Senior Crimestoppers, said in the release.

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