Senior's Safety

Because they are perceived to be vulnerable, senior citizens can be prime targets for abuse and crime. Awareness is the best prevention tool.  The first step for seniors and their loved ones is to learn the warning signs of elder abuse, the risk factors for the crimes that seniors are most likely to experience and how to prevent them.

Elder Abuse

Common types of elder abuse include:

  • Neglect - Intentional withholding of basic necessities such as appropriate food, clothing, shelter and love.
  • Physical abuse - Any act that causes injury or physical discomfort, including the improper use of restraints.
  • Psychological or emotional abuse - Any act that may diminish a senior's sense of identity, dignity and self worth including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation and intimidation.
  • Sexual abuse - Non-consensual sexual behavior directed towards an elderly person.
  • Prescription misuse - Misuse of a senior's prescriptions including under-medicating, withholding medication and over-medicating. 
  • Financial abuse - The misuse of  funds or assets without the senior's full consent; or, in the case of an senior who is not competent, not in his or her best interest.
  • Human rights violations - Denial of a senior's fundamental rights as laid out in local legislation, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and/or the UN Declaration of Human can include denial of information, privacy, visitors, restriction of liberty, or mail censorship.

Where can seniors get help?

Without intervention senior abuse can continue to escalate.  Seniors, friends, family or loved ones should report to authorities any cases of senior abuse.


Coquitlam RCMP

In an emergency call 9-1-1

Please note: We do not accept reports or complaints via email. Reports or complaints can only be submitted by phone or in person. Email addresses are not monitored 24/7.

Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency/info line: 604-945-1550
Fax: 604-552-7303

To report crime anonymously contact Greater Vancouver Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS/8477 or