FARMINGTON — At the April meeting of the Franklin County Retired Educators, Sheriff Scott Nichols spoke to 33 members and guests about home safety, especially for seniors.

Nichols reminded the group to lock their doors, not only when they leave home during the day, but at night as well. The best security is a dog that will alert residents to intruders and frighten them away. People who have advertised they will be away or have had painful surgery requiring painkillers are particular targets. Even trusted relatives may access prescription drugs for their own use or sale. Cars at home or on shopping trips should be secured by hiding electronics and locking the doors at all times.

Another topic was the need to be wary of both mail and telephone scams in which criminals try to get personal financial information for the purpose of robbery. Seniors also need to be aware that family members who offer to assume stewardship of checking accounts or credit cards may be able to misdirect those funds to personal use.

Nichols finished his visit answering questions from the audience on a variety of topics related to his service to Franklin County citizens.

The next meeting of the FCRE will be Monday, May 19, at the Farmington Methodist Church. All retirees who were involved with schools are invited to attend. They can contact any member for information.

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