Seniors must be vigilant

2017-05-23 06:00

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Associated Seniors Club chairperson Ursula Schenker is pleading with senior citizens to be vigilant all the time because they are easy targets.

Schenker made this plea after two senior citizens all aged 73 were robbed at their home in Prince George Drive on Friday 12 May.

Diep River spokesperson Sergeant Amanda Gordon confirms this incident.

“The complainant’s wife was sitting by the doorway of her residence, which was open, as she let her dog out. Two unknown coloured men approached her and one of them grabbed the chain around her neck then fled. The second suspect pushed her out of the way to gain access to the house and then demanded the complainants cellphone and wallet.

“He refused to hand over his property but the suspect managed to grab the phone and fled on foot. Nobody sustained any injuries and no weapons were used in the commission of the crime.”

Schenker says: “When things like this happens it forces us to face our realities and these two definitely had a wake-up call. Safety for our seniors is really a huge concern. A lot has to be done. No matter how much you know the area don’t take chances.”

She adds that this kind of trauma just brings up all the incidents that happened in the past. “When I was counselling the woman she was talking of other incidents that didn’t even happen to her but to close family. It’s sad when such things happen. These are old people. I’m calling on everyone especially the old people to be vigilant all the time,” she says.

“When going out just remember to look right and look to left. Don’t take things for granted.

“If you see that there is someone that you’re not sure of just don’t go outside wait or call for help. I’m asking all the senior people to have an emergency number ready. Those that have panic buttons use them before things get ugly. We urge the seniors to confront the perpetrators,” says Schenker.

Schenker adds that crime had gone down in the Diep River policing precinct which is a good thing but also comes with some ­challenges.

“When crime goes down some of our police cars are taken away to go to areas where they’e still battling with crime. We really have to work together and look out for each other.

“Our senior people must be protected however the new demarcation lines makes it really difficult,” she says.

“We now have to go to go subcouncil 18, which affects a lot of things for our seniors. There are a lot of matters affecting our seniors and if any senior person needs help then they must left me know.”

Any person with any information regarding this incident can contact Detective Constable Ivan Sonnenberg on 021 710 7356.

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