News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda – With the onset of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), our seniors could find themselves at particular risk from dishonest individuals, who may approach them on the premise of offering help, but have other less than honourable intentions.
Detective Inspector Karema Flood of the Bermuda Police Service Vulnerable Persons Unit has the following advice, in keeping with best practice in the UK and other jurisdictions, on how seniors can stay safe when getting help from others.
If you are getting help from someone, other than a trusted relative/friend, do not give them:
• any information about your money
• any information about your bank cards
• your bank card number or your PIN number
• your phone number, address or any of your personal information
If you feel unsure about someone:
• Do not engage in conversation with them
• Do not let them into your residence
• Contact the Police at 911
For those of you with elderly relatives or who may live near an elderly person, we urge you to check in with them as often as possible, preferably by phone or electronically (email, WhatsApp, text message etc.).
Under the current Shelter in place regulations you are permitted to assist elderly or vulnerable relatives or neighbours, during the hours of 7am to 7pm only, except in case of an emergency.
If you must attend the home of an elderly relative outside the hours of 7am to 7pm.
In case of an emergency, we advise you to call Police COMOPS at 211.
Let’s work together to keep each other safe.