8700 Trail Lake Drive W, Suite 140
Memphis, TN 38125
Toll Free: (800) 529-9096
Office: (901) 529-4780
Fax: (901) 529-4788
Please use the information or contact form above for any questions or requests regarding your current Senior Crimestoppers program. Katie Wright will be in touch with you.
Senior Crimestoppers posts and pays all reward money for each community. At no time will a community receive an invoice for a reward payment.
No. Any type of detrimental activity taking place anywhere on a participating member’s campus, to anyone on the campus, is covered under the Senior Crimestoppers umbrella and will have a reward amount assigned to it.
All information that is channeled through the Senior Crimestoppers 800# is funneled directly back to community management or program contact person. At no time is information received at the 800# provided to any other source or agency unless directed to do so by community management personnel.
Because of the high turnover rates of staff in the industry, we recommend that the in-service programs be administered quarterly. We also recommend that each new hire be asked to sign an “employee oath sheet” which summarizes the program and makes everyone aware of its existence.
Senior Crimestoppers rewards are valid until an incident is solved. If a reward is posted today and the incident is not solved until six months from now, the reward offering is still valid.
This should be addressed on a case by case basis. Each incident and community will be different so the length of the reward posting is left to the discretion of the community.
As a general rule, each tip called into the 800# qualifies for the reward. If two individuals call in information and the incident is solved as a result of the information provided, both individuals will be paid rewards.
This happens frequently. If the information provided leads to the solving of an incident, a reward payment will be made to the individual reporting the information. Reward amounts in these situations will vary depending on what type of information is provided.
Any information provided, which, according to the management team helps solve an incident. Solving could mean a variety of things depending upon the particular situation: recovering a stolen item, termination of an employee, knowledge to watch a certain employee more closely, are a few examples of “solved” incidents.
The community’s maintenance staff is responsible for installing all personal lock boxes.
No. Nobody likes to be blamed for something they didn’t or wouldn’t do; however the reality of any given incident is that the staff receives the blame by everyone, regardless of the outcome of the incident.
False blame is the worst thing for morale. A large majority of industry employees are good, decent people doing a hard job. A small minority is responsible not only for the negative reputation the industry has, but also for the good staff members being falsely blamed for incidents they didn’t or wouldn’t do.
The program allows the majority (the good staff members) to rid themselves of the minority (the bad staff members), remain completely anonymous, receive payment for information, and eliminate those who are responsible for the incidents that lead to a blanket indictment of all employees.
It has been demonstrated that morale is improved with staff because the Senior Crimestoppers program allows each person a confidential outlet to get whatever they wish off their chest and doing so in a way that overcomes the fear of becoming involved and retaliated against.
Reduction in the number of crime incidents reduces the number of times that staff is blamed and morale is lowered. The Senior Crimestoppers program track record stands at a 95% overall reduction of incidents rating.
No. The reverse is actually true. The program is as much for the benefit of the staff as the residents. The issue of trust has nothing to do with the program. Within any industry, especially in a communal setting, there are going to be problems that arise from time to time. The program is a way to hedge against incidents occurring, being proactive and preventing these types of problems from happening. A neighborhood watch program does not mean that you live in a bad neighborhood, or that you do not trust your neighbors, it simply is a mechanism and layer of insulation to help prevent problems and crime from occurring.
By putting the program into effect, a community trusts its employees to provide it with the necessary information to resolve incidents when they occur, by providing an anonymous outlet for them to use. In essence, the community is saying to the staff “we are counting on you, and giving you the tools to help us all make this community safe and crime free.” Statistically, 35% of all Senior Crimestoppers rewards and payments are made resolving incidents of crime against a staff member. (They are often victims, too.)
The Senior Crimestoppers charter plaque, hanging in your main lobby, helps to counter the largely media-driven perception that crime is prevalent in the long-term care industry. Senior Crimestoppers allows a community to face any negative perceptions up front, and helps to put fears to rest before they ever become issues. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Communities should take the approach with all prospective residents and families, “We don’t have a problem with crime here, we are a charter member of Senior Crimestoppers and we have adopted, through this program, a zero tolerance-to-crime policy.”
By addressing things up front in a positive way, you won’t have problems later.