ROCKVILLE, CONN., July 9, 2010 – A national organization that provides services to reduce and prevent crimes in long-term care facilities and senior housing communities is pleased to announce Rockville Bank is the first bank in Connecticut to participate in its program. A 21½ branch community bank which serves Tolland, Hartford and New London counties, Rockville Bank is partnering with The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation by providing funds for its “Senior Crimestoppers Program”.
“We are honored to be the first bank in our state to help older residents through this important outreach project,” explained William J. McGurk, Rockville Bank President and Chief Executive Officer. “During the coming months, we will provide support through the Senior Crimestoppers Program to local facilities to help them keep their residents safe and secure.” This innovative program produces outstanding results nationwide with participating centers experiencing a collective reduction in total crime incidents of 91.38 percent for the last reporting period.
The Senior Crimestoppers Program works much like a neighborhood watch where local senior facilities with a strong commitment to crime prevention implement increased awareness and reemphasize a zero tolerance policy. Through the program, the Bank will provide ongoing crime prevention programs to these facilities designed to deter incidents of crime in long-term care and senior housing facilities. Benefits of the program include: personal lock boxes for use by residents and/or family members of a resident; cash rewards paid for anonymous information about crime incidents; 24/7 call center tip line; and ongoing education promoting zero tolerance to crime.
The Senior Crimestoppers Program was developed by The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation as a coordinated group of services designed to reduce and/or prevent the occurrence of crimes in long-term care facilities and senior housing communities. The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, a 501c-3 nonprofit corporation, was established with guidance from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the primary federal regulator of the banking industry, for three purposes: (1) to ensure the safety, security and protection of nursing home and HUD senior housing residents against all aspects of crime, (2) to provide an avenue for the banking community to receive qualified Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) credit through participation, and (3) to provide private trusts and foundations with a risk free way to fulfill their missions by supporting crime free living environments for residents of these facilities. For more information about the Senior Crimestoppers Program, call President Terry Rooker at (800) 529-9096 or visit www.seniorcrimestoppers.org.
Rockville Bank is a 21 ½ -branch community bank serving Tolland, Hartford and New London counties in Connecticut. It provides a convenient banking lifestyle for Colchester, Coventry, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Glastonbury, Manchester, Rockville, Somers, South Glastonbury, South Windsor, Suffield, Vernon, seven days a week in Tolland, and three Big Y supermarket locations. For more information about Rockville Bank’s services and products, call (860) 291-3600 or visit www.rockvillebank.com.