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Safer Seniors

For information or to sign up for any of our Senior Programs,
call 828- 465-8336 or 828-464-5241
and ask for the Crime Prevention Office.
Coy Reid, Sheriff
Coy Reid Sheriff
Phone: (828) 464-5241

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100 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 385
Newton, NC 28658

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Make Your Home Safe and Secure
  • Install good locks on doors and windows. Use them!
  • Don’t hide keys in mailboxes and planters or under doormats. Instead, leave an extra set of keys with a neighbor or friend.
  • Be sure your street address number is large, clear of obstruction, and well-lighted, so police and other emergency personnel can find your home quickly.
  • Consider a home alarm system that provides emergency monitoring for burglary, fire and medical emergencies.
When a Stranger Comes to Your Door!
  • Never open your door unless you know who is on the other side. Use a peep hole or window to see who is on the other side.
  • Ask for photo identification from any stranger who comes to your door representing any service company, government office, delivery company or any other organization before letting them in.
  • If you are the least bit worried after seeing identification, call the company to verify their need to be there.
  • Never let them know that you are home alone.
  • Do not leave valuables, such as wallets, pocket books, cash or cell phones in a location which can be observed from the door.
  • Without being too obvious, attempt to notice what type and color vehicle the stranger is driving, and anything unusual about it. Jot down the license number if you can get it.
  • Also notice anything unusual, or which stands out, about the person’s appearance tattoos, scars, etc.)
  • If in doubt, or you don't feel comfortable, don’t let them in.
  • Ask your neighbors to watch out for you, and watch out for your neighbors in return.
Be Alert When Out and About!
  • Go with friends or family, not alone.
  • Carry your purse close to your body, up under your arm, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Don’t’ carry credit cards you don’t need or large amounts of cash.
  • Use direct deposit for Social Security and other regular checks.
  • Whether you’re a passenger or driver, keep car doors locked. Be particularly alert in parking lots and garages. Park near an entrance.
  • If someone or something makes you uneasy, trust your instincts and leave.
Watch Out for Con Artists
  • Don’t fall for anything that sounds too good to be true—a free vacation, sweepstakes prizes, cures for cancer, low-cost-high-yield investment scheme, discount insurance, overseas money transfers, counterfeit check scams and etc.
  • Watch out for home repair people coming to your residence for fraud repairs like-a falling chimney, your roof is rotting, attic bracing scam, toilet bowl scam, floor jack scam, inspector scam, driveway paving scam and you haven’t paid us scam.
  • Never give your credit card, phone card, Social Security or bank account number to anyone over the phone, unless you have initiated the call. It is illegal for telemarketers to ask for these numbers to verify a prize or gift.
  • Don’t let anyone rush you into signing anything like an insurance policy, sales agreement, or contract. Read it carefully and have someone you trust check it over.
  • If you’re suspicious, call the Sheriff's Office (828-464-5241) , Better Business Bureau of the Southern Piedmont ( 1-877-317-7236) or National Consumers League Fraud Information Center (1-800-876-7060).

  • Adopt-A- Senior Program: Senior’s living alone with no family in the county are adopted by a Deputy Sheriff and is visited weekly.
  • RUOK Program: We call seniors that need to be checked on each morning Monday—Friday to make sure they are OK.
  • Project Lifesaver: For Alzheimer Patient’s or children with down syndrome or autism that may wander. We fit the client with a transmitter and use a receiver to home in to where the subject is when they wander away from home.
  • VIPS: Volunteers In Police Service. You can volunteer to come and work at the Sheriff’s Office and assist in everyday operations at your leisure.
  • Triad: This program which was established by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, American Association of Retired persons (AARP) and the National Sheriff’s Association. Triad promotes partnerships between senior citizens and the law enforcement community, both to prevent crime against the elderly and to help law enforcement understand the needs and concerns of the elderly.