In the past years, the Slovak Police has repeatedly recorded frauds and other types of criminality committed upon elderly persons via legends. Fraudsters abuse credulity, vulnerability and often the high age or bad health conditions of seniors with the intention to gain cash from them.
In spring 2016, the Presidium of the Police Force organized a nationwide information campaign called SENIORS ALERT! in order to protect them from fraudsters. By means of leaflets and posters it warned not only seniors, but also the wide public from the ways (legends) that fraudsters mostly use. The campaign was actively supported by media as well.
The nationwide project called Safe Life Autumn is dedicated to the protection of seniors. During their meetings with seniors, police officers advise seniors on how to prevent becoming the victim of crime, how to act safely on roads, or how to secure their property. Part of the project is an information leaflet containing not only recommendations on how to increase their own safety, but also a list of important contacts and advices for situations when a senior may need help. The Police has been organizing this project for four years and up today the police officers addressed more than 75 000 seniors.