Umkomaas: Elderly woman ‘highly traumatised’

2011-09-13 00:00

TWO robbers assaulted a woman pensioner in her home in Umkomaas on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum said, “The elderly victim is highly traumatised and has not been in a position to make a statement to the police as yet.”

It is believed that at least two men, who pretended to be looking for scrap metal, entered the property and gained entry into the house while the pensioner was busy outside.

“They assaulted her before helping themselves to two TVs, a camera, cash and jewellery,” Pandarum said.

They fled in the victim’s Fiat Sienna.

“The car was recovered the following morning at Crowder Farm in Umkomaas.

“It is believed that one of the suspects may have been armed with a knife,” Pandarum said.

Anyone who may have any information that will assist in the investigation is asked to call Umkomaas detective services at 039 973 1011 or Crime Stop at 086 001 0111.

A case of house robbery is being investigated.

Pandarum said that unless circumstances dictate otherwise, children and the elderly should not be left alone at home.

“In the event of elderly people and children being left alone, every precaution should be taken to ensure their safety,” he said.

Pandarum said they should not open the doors to strangers and to ensure that windows and doors are always well secured.

The chairperson of Craigieburn Senior Citizens in Umkomaas, G.G. Govender, said elderly people are feeling less safe in their homes.

“The level of crime gripping the community has left them very worried about their safety in and out of their homes,” he added.

Govender said older people are a vulnerable group and therefore become easy targets for criminals.

“Even while collecting their pensions or while shopping at the malls elderly people are becoming victims of crime.

“You get people posing at the gate as someone from the TV licensing or Telkom.

“Old people get scared that they will get cut off and unknowingly allow criminals into their homes,” Govender said.

The elderly are preyed on by criminals because they are generally not as healthy or physically strong, Govender said.

“There is a dire need for more visible policing in the community to protect old people.”

Govender said that through the senior citizens’ forum awareness is raised about crime.

With the 2011 Census around the corner, people should be alert at all times, he added.

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