The unease felt by community members at this time is understandable. The situation is very fluid; restrictions and expectations on people are changing day by day. This naturally stressful situation can cause people to behave in a way they would not normally - for both good and bad.
The elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions are most at risk of suffering serious consequences if they contract the virus.
For the elderly, social isolation, mobility issues, lack of supports, transport restrictions, access and knowledge of modern communications and other factors can already make everyday functioning difficult. People suffering medical conditions can be similarly affected.
During times of public crisis, there are unscrupulous people wanting to take advantage of our vulnerability. It doesn't hurt to ask someone for proof of their identity and vocation.
Don't open suspicious emails. Don't provide your bank account details to anyone until you can verify the truthfulness of the request - and tell someone, most importantly the police, when you suspect someone is trying to scam or defraud you.
A dedicated Aged Crime Prevention Officer can be contacted if you have concerns or questions. Please contact Senior Constables Alex Fookes or Amy Threlfall on 6298 0599.
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