Bartonville police taking extra steps to protect the elderly

By WEEK Producer

March 22, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:01 AM CDT

More than half of Bartonville's population is elderly. That's why the police chief is taking steps to protect them from scam artists.

More than 60 vendors will be set up at Limestone High School for "Safety for Seniors Day."

The event will be this Saturday, March 24th from 9 to Noon.

Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel says participants will learn to avoid abuse, neglect and scams. He says its particularly important to educate the senior community now that it's spring.

"Home repair frauds go up," Fengel said. "They have gypsy scams, you've had all the mailing of letters and checks in the mail wanting you to send them money and in return they'll give you more money."

State's Attorney Jerry Brady will be the guest speaker.

For more information on the senior fair, call the Bartonville Police Department at 697-2323

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