The Niles Police Department is proud to announce a new crime prevention initiative called SCRAM. SCRAM is an acronym for Senior Crime Reduction Awareness Measures. The SCRAM program goal is to provide a comprehensive approach to the reduction of crime effecting seniors. The program will be multifaceted involving presentations on specific topics on a monthly basis over a nine-month period.
This initiative was recommended by Mayor Andrew Przybylo. Mayor Przybylo requested Chief of Police Dean Strzelecki develop, brand, and implement a senior crime prevention program. Chief of Police Dean Strzelecki utilizing members of the department’s Crime Prevention Unit lead by Sergeants Robert Tornabene and Ronald Brandt developed the curriculum and outline which ultimately became the SCRAM program.
As part of the initiative participants and community members will have access to a multitude of imagery and resources to provide quick reference in what to do when confronted with the common scams that criminals utilize. The imagery and resources will include yard signs, window stickers, phone stickers, and refrigerator magnets. During each month a series of public awareness campaigns will be instituted.
These awareness campaigns will include posters, flyers, public service announcements that will air on the Villages Website, as well as our various social media platforms. Additionally the police department website will have a specific set of pages designated for the SCRAM program. On these pages will be resources, materials and links to help Niles Seniors. These pages will launch during the month of October. Look for a press release on the specific content and materials that will be offered at a later date.