Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ 4 steps to improve safety for seniors ]]> Lead story image

In the U.S., more than half a million reports of abuse against elderly Americans reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unreported, according to the non-profit Beyond those shocking statistics, the elderly are exposed to hazards and dangers most of us might take for granted, yet affect their safety every day. Here are four steps that can improve safety for seniors: Check in on elderly neighbors This step is especially important during extreme heat or cold spells, when seniors find themselves at greater risk. While visiting, recommends looking for signs of possible abuse, such as bruises, … ]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:52:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ How to initiate a neighborhood crime watch ]]> Lead story image

There's no question that neighborhood crime watch programs work. Police can always use extra eyes and ears, and a study by the nonprofit Campbell Collaboration found that areas covered by neighborhood watch schemes experienced a reduction in crime of between 16 and 26 percent. More than 40 percent of U.S. residents live in areas covered by watches, according to Campbell statistics. But that still leaves plenty of room for improvement in two key areas: establishing new watches, and ensuring the effectiveness of existing ones. Here are six important steps for setting up a program in your neighborhood. Recruit neighbors for … ]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:52:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ The impact of emergency response times ]]> Lead story image

A University of Buffalo-SUNY study concludes that effective coordination is perhaps the most imperative ingredient for successful emergency response management. That's because superior coordination leads to better response times by police, fire and medical personnel. What kind of impact can those improved efforts have? Here we examine the difference smooth integration of emergency services-and fast response times-can make. ¬† ¬†Medical emergencies Most communities have established standards of eight minutes or less 90 percent of the time for advanced life support systems service, according to EMS World Magazine. Emergency responders who reach the scene quickly save more lives, pure and simple. … ]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:52:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Benefits of youth intervention programs in curbing gang violence ]]> Lead story image

Can youth intervention programs curb gang violence? Common sense dictates that if children, adolescents and young adults have alternatives, their fates can be radically altered for the better. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) go further, stating that stopping youth gang involvement requires not just public health professionals, but also public safety personnel working together. Here's a look at the various ways that working proactively with youth can make a difference in the effort to address issues of gang violence. Less youth violence The most common age for youth to join a gang is between 13 and 15, … ]]> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:25:59 -0500