SeniorBsafe is an initiative of CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County. The program is targeted primarily at senior citizens who are afraid in their homes and neighborhoods and unsure where to find help.
SeniorBsafe is NOT designed to replace or displace 9-1-1 or other emergency numbers to police or other authorities. If violence or the threat of violence takes place or is imminent, individuals always should call 9-1-1. If an individual knows of a crime that is being committed, he or she should call the police.
However, there are elderly citizens in our community who are unsure of circumstances in which they find themselves, and/or are afraid to call the police for fear of retribution if a squad car appears. Many need help but also need anonymity or help feeling secure if they report suspected illegal activities. Some of these kinds of calls come in to existing hot lines now, including CRISIS-7 and 2-1-1. But many seniors do not call or seek help for many difficult and sometimes complicated reasons.
CrimeStoppers, which is a confidential community resource, will receive referral calls and follow up as necessary. The follow-up may include referral to law enforcement agencies, social service agencies and other entities where help can be provided.