Archive for June, 2009

FBI Press Release :

Friday, June 12th, 2009


June 1, 2009

Washington D.C.

FBI National Press Office

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FBI Releases Preliminary Annual Crime Statistics for 2008

According to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report released today, the nation experienced a 2.5 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes and a 1.6 percent decline in the number of property crimes for 2008 compared with data from 2007. The report is based on information that the FBI gathered from 12,750 law enforcement agencies that submitted six to 12 comparable months of data to the FBI for both 2007 and 2008.

Violent Crime

* In 2008, all four of the violent crime offense categories declined nationwide compared with data from 2007. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter declined 4.4 percent, aggravated assault was down 3.2 percent, forcible rape decreased 2.2 percent, and robbery decreased 1.1 percent.

* Violent crime declined in all city groups. Those cities with populations of 250,000 to 499,999 saw the greatest decline in violent crime (4.0 percent). Violent crime in non-metropolitan counties decreased 3.3 percent and in metropolitan counties declined 2.5 percent.

* Murder and non-negligent manslaughter dropped 9.1 percent in cities with 100,000 to 249,999 in population. However, in cities with populations less than 10,000, murder and non-negligent manslaughter increased 5.5 percent.

* Cities with 250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants experienced the greatest decline in forcible rapes at 4.4 percent; cities under 10,000 in population showed the only rise in forcible rapes at 1.4 percent. Forcible rape offenses decreased 7.3 percent in non-metropolitan counties, but increased 0.6 percent in metropolitan counties.

* Although robbery overall showed a decrease, cities with populations less than 25,000 showed increases in robbery. Robberies also increased in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties, 0.7 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.

* Aggravated assault decreased in all city groups. Cities with 250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants experienced the greatest decrease at 6.0 percent. Aggravated assaults declined in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties, 3.9 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.

* Violent crimes decreased in all four regions of the country in 2008. However, slight increases in murder were reported in the Northeast (0.7 percent) and in the Midwest (0.4 percent). The Northeast also showed increases of 2.5 percent for forcible rape and 0.3 percent in robbery.

Property Crime

* Nationwide, burglaries were the only property crime to show an increase (1.3 percent) in 2008 compared with 2007 data. Larceny-thefts were down 0.6 percent, and motor vehicle thefts declined 13.1 percent.

* Property crimes decreased in all city groupings. Cities with 250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants had the greatest decrease in property crimes with a decline of 5.1 percent. Property crimes decreased 0.9 percent in non-metropolitan counties but increased 0.2 percent in metropolitan counties.

* Burglary offenses increased 3.3 percent in cities with 500,000 to 999,999 persons. Burglaries also increased in both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties, 2.1 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively.

* Larceny-theft increased 0.5 percent in the nation’s largest cities (one million and over in population) but decreased in all other city groups. In metropolitan counties, larceny-thefts rose 1.4 percent but in non-metropolitan counties declined 1.2 percent.

* For motor vehicle theft, declines occurred in all population groupings. Cities with 250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants experienced the greatest decline at 16.8 percent.

* Three of the nation’s four regions had decreases in property crimes in 2008 when compared with data from 2007. The greatest decrease in 2008 was in the West, where property crimes were down 4.2 percent. In the Northeast, however, property crimes increased 1.6 percent.


* Arson offenses, tracked separately from other property crimes, decreased 3.9 percent nationwide. But law enforcement agencies in cities 250,000 to 499,999 in population recorded the only increase in arson (2.1 percent). Arson offenses declined in all four regions in 2008. The largest decrease (5.9 percent) was in the West.

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A Guide to Eldercare Options:

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


Quick summary

Evaluating your parent’s living needs — and abilities — is an ongoing process. And there’s a range of eldercare options available to meet those shifting priorities and concerns — from the freedom of living on one’s own (perhaps in a smaller place) to the supportive environment of assisted living to the round-the-clock care available at skilled nursing facilities. Each offers something different, so sorting out your options is the first step.

Approximately 30 million families are providing care to an older relative, a number that’s expected to double over the next 25 years. Planning ahead for eldercare can help cut down on the financial and emotional toll of caring for a parent. If your parent is starting to show even a few signs of needing more support, it’s time to start exploring the maze of options.

Independent living

Sometimes called "aging in place," this is the route that the great majority of older Americans say they hope to take. Your parent is likely to need some support if he chooses to continue living on his own, although how much help he’ll need will vary tremendously depending on his health and how connected he is to the community.


A good place to start looking for support is the federal Department of Health and Human Services Eldercare Locator, which can connect you with public and community-based agencies that offer services to elders in the area. You may also want to look at simple home renovations, such as adding a railing next to the toilet, as well as the growing list of gadgets that can make independent living safer and more comfortable as your parent ages.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? "A good candidate has family members who are able to check on him every day," says Pat O’Dea-Evans, COO of Paxem, a Chicago-based company that helps seniors who are contemplating a move. Your parent’s health is a central factor to consider — one you’ll need to re-evaluate periodically as he ages. Parents who are healthy enough to perform basic functions such as cooking and bathing and who can get around safely may do well living independently.

Also look at the kind of support your parent has in the community — does he live near important services like a grocery store, pharmacy, doctors, and a hospital? Is he connected to others in his neighborhood, or has he become socially isolated?

Moving to a new home

As parents age, they’ll sometimes choose to move into a smaller, perhaps single-story home, sometimes in a different state in order to be closer to their children. If this is something your parent would like to pursue, consider enlisting the aide of a senior move manager, a professional who specializes in the relocation needs of aging adults.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If you or another family member wants to offer support to your parent but live too far away, relocation may be a good solution. If your parent is already living nearby and is committed to living independently, it may be wise to downsize as he gets older and a larger home becomes harder to navigate and maintain.

In-home care

If your parent wants to stay in his home but is beginning to need more help, he has a number of options — from a personal care attendant, who can assist with tasks such as cooking and cleaning, to a certified nursing assistant, who can monitor your parent’s medical condition and help with activities like bathing and dressing.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent places a high value on privacy or the familiarity of his home and neighborhood, this may be the best choice. Finding the right match may take some time and effort, however. If your parent is cognitively impaired, you’ll want to be especially cautious before going this route. Although most caregivers are trustworthy, you’ll need to make sure he doesn’t get taken advantage of.

Moving your parent in with you: Eldercare at home

If you have the space and can handle the day-to-day care of your parent, you may want to think about inviting him to come live with you.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? Whether to move your parent into your home is an intensely personal decision. You need to think about the nature of your relationship with your parent, as well as his relationship with your partner and children.

The layout of your home is an important consideration: Do you have an in-law unit or even just an extra bathroom that your parent can use exclusively? Privacy can be very important to seniors, as well as to you and your immediate family.

You’ll also need to consider your schedule and your parent’s care needs and level of mobility. If you work full-time and your parent can’t get around on his own, he may feel more isolated living with you than he would in a eldercare community where he could socialize with other residents and participate in on-site activities. But if you and your parent communicate well and enjoy each other’s company, and you and your family have the time and ability to care for him, sharing your home with your parent can be a wonderful way to stay close as he ages.


Independent living communities

Usually apartment or condominium complexes, these communities generally offer on-site amenities such as beauty salons, banks, fitness programs, and communal meals. They may even have a doctor who makes regular rounds.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent values his independence and isn’t in need of daily care — but perhaps is ready to stop driving, is starting to worry about his safety, or just wants more support and companionship — an independent living community can be a great choice.

Assisted-living facilities

These eldercare facilities cover the middle ground: They serve elders who need more support than they can get living independently but who don’t need complex medical care on a daily basis. Most offer meals, housekeeping, and planned activities. Many will remind your parent to take medications but won’t do things like give injections.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent is finding daily life increasingly challenging but doesn’t have a serious medical condition that requires round-the-clock monitoring, assisted living may be the right choice. As with all eldercare housing communities, assisted-living facilities vary greatly, so make sure you know exactly what a particular location does and doesn’t offer before making a commitment.

Continuing-care communities

There’s a wide variation in what continuing-care communities provide, but most offer a range of eldercare options as your parent ages, from independent living units to assisted living to skilled nursing, all in one place. These facilities can be costly to start — most charge an entrance fee and may require your parent to purchase his apartment or condominium — but because many promise to care for your parent for the rest of his life, even if his needs change, they also offer security.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? A continuing-care community is a good choice for a parent who wants assistance making some of his healthcare decisions, says O’Dea-Evans. It’s also a good choice if you don’t feel able to manage your parent’s care on a daily basis — perhaps because you live far away — as everything he’ll require as he ages is generally on-site, and trained staff will help him move from one phase to another as the need arises.

Family care homes

These are usually private homes that have been converted to provide eldercare for a small number of seniors. An alternative to a skilled nursing facility, they generally offer all meals and round-the-clock staffing, sometimes at a lower cost.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent lives in a small town or rural area without a skilled nursing facility and wants to stay in the area, this may be the best option. Family care homes are also a good choice for people who need lots of personal attention from caregivers who know them well, says O’Dea-Evans. Such seniors might not thrive in a larger facility with different staff members coming in and out.

Skilled nursing facilities

These eldercare facilities provide round-the-clock medical care, usually administered by registered nurses and aides under the supervision of doctors. Your parent may also receive physical, speech, and occupational therapy, as well as assistance with activities of daily living.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent needs help from trained medical personnel on a daily basis — such as insulin monitoring and injections for diabetes, or intravenous medication — or if he’s unable to feed, bathe, and dress himself, he may need to be in a skilled nursing facility long-term. A limited stay in a skilled nursing facility may be necessary after a medical crisis requiring hospitalization.

Memory care or Alzheimer’s care facilities

These specialized eldercare facilities serve Alzheimer’s patients and those with other forms of dementia. They are generally secure, so that a patient who is confused can’t wander off the grounds. The staff is specially trained to provide eldercare to seniors with cognitive issues.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent suffers from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a condition such as Parkinson’s or a stroke that has caused permanent cognitive impairment, he may well need this kind of specialized eldercare. But be sure a neurological exam confirms that any impairment is permanent before you make this decision. If a parent were to regain cognitive function, as may be possible after a stroke, this kind of setting wouldn’t be right long-term.



Monday, June 8th, 2009

A female resident of Beacon Hill Drive in Stony Brook called at 3:25 pm May 27 to report that she just discovered her home had been burglarized by an unknown person. According to the complainant the break-in took place sometime over the past three hours.

A male resident of Sheep Pasture Road in East Setauket called at 8 am May 30 to report he discovered his rear window broken and house burglarized. Complainant stated that unknown intruders stole various pieces of electronic equipment in the burglary that took place sometime over the previous month.

A male resident of Cornwallis Drive in East Setauket called at 5:15 pm May 27 to report that a burglary just took place at his house. Complainant stated that an unknown person entered his home through the rear window and ransacked the house, taking various pieces of jewelry, silverware and electronic equipment before fleeing.