THE public is being asked to be vigilant, following an incident where an elderly woman was attacked and robbed of her camera at Umdoni Bird Park on Saturday afternoon.SAPS could not give full details of the event as the woman reportedly has not yet opened a case.An off-duty policeman, who was with his family in the park, had allegedly assisted the woman by driving around and looking for the suspect, who had robbed her of the camera. He took her to the police station where her husband fetched her. Her husband was going to take her to hospital to be treated then take her back to open a case, but to date she hasn’t done so. Colonel Riette Kitching is calling on the public to assist the police by reporting cases.In reaction to the incident, councillor André Beetge said it is a sad reality that we are virtually prisoners within our own community who cannot even enjoy the spoils of nature without a chaperone. “Not only is it unacceptable when a defenceless person, posing no harm to anyone or anything, is brutally attacked for a camera around her neck, but the severity there off leaves more than a bitter taste in the mouth.” “The bird park has for long been a point of controversy, with funding destined towards repair of fencing constantly being prioritised for other projects thus leaving women, children and the elderly exposed to these criminal elements,” he said. “One would hope to call on Ward 93 councillor Thabisile Zungu to prioritise the project from the ward block sum and as such contribute towards enhancing the safety of its residents,” added the councillor.