Bank funds anti-crime effort

Published 8:02 am Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The seniors living at Consulate Health Care in Windsor will have a safer environment, thanks to the Senior Crimestoppers Program that Farmers Bank is sponsoring at the facility.

The bank is funding the program through the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, an organization devoted to reducing crime in the nation’s senior housing facilities. Since its inception in 1994, the program has proven to cut crime — including abuse, neglect, fraud, theft and vandalism — by more than 90.5 percent at sponsored senior housing facilities across the country.

“We’re happy to sponsor a program that will provide a safe, secure living environment for residents and staff,” said Richard J. Holland Jr., president and CEO of Farmers Bank.

“For generations we have been committed to the communities we serve. It is our responsibility as good corporate citizens. I believe that our seniors deserve to be treated with love and respect, while not having to worry about their safety. This highly successful Senior Crime Prevention Program helps us achieve our objectives.”

Farmers Bank’s sponsorship will allow Consulate Health Care residents to become charter members in the Senior Crimestoppers Program.

In addition to providing personal lock boxes to residents to help prevent theft and loss of personal property, an anonymous tip-reporting hotline for reporting problems will be established and cash rewards for information that helps a facility solve or prevent an incident will be provided.

Farmers Bank, chartered in 1919, has approximately $375 million in assets. It serves Isle of Wight County, Suffolk and surrounding communities with four branches located in Windsor, Smithfield and Suffolk.