SAN ANTONIO -

District 5 Councilman David Medina told a room full of seniors he plans to introduce a new ordinance by the end of the year aimed at reducing crimes against the elderly.

Medina hosted an event at the Senior Center in his district Wednesday, along with San Antonio police Chief William McManus and several members of the department’s Crimes Against the Elderly unit.

Medina said the ordinance will require all private caretakers to register with the city and undergo background checks, something only now required of caretakers employed by a company.

McManus endorsed the idea, and said he and Medina had drafted a preliminary version of the ordinance already.

Police said crimes against the elderly, both physical and financial, have been increasing in San Antonio recently, due in part to the aging of the baby boomer generation and longer life spans.

“The average amount of money a senior citizen loses when he or she is a victim of a financial crime is about $40,000,” said Sgt. Miles Earwood, of SAPD’s Crimes Against the Elderly unit.

Medina said he hopes the ordinance will be introduced before year’s end.