The bad news is that crime against senior citizens is increasing. The good news is that a police inspector’s initiative in HSR Layout is helping them help themselves.
Inspector L Y Rajesh kicked off this door-to-door initiative a fortnight ago in Sectors I and II with a beat cop to identify houses with elderly couples. The police visit these houses and chat with them. “We ensure they have proper safety measures like alarm bells in place. We also meet with working professionals who leave their houses locked for a long time through the day and advise them on installing security systems and keeping valuables in safe places which are not easily accessible. We contacted RWAs to give a list of senior citizens,” Rajesh told TOI.
For people like V Hariharan, a retired additional director from SAIL, the initiative is a boon. “It makes a lot of difference when the police themselves come to your house and enquire about your safety. It keeps miscreants at bay as the police are in touch with me regularly.”
HSR Layout, a new extension, has seven sectors with Sector I being the largest and several independent houses. The crime rate has been rather high.
Another senior citizen B Naganna, a retired teacher who stays with his wife, said the initiative makes them feel secure. “After their advice, we are planning to install safety gadgets like alarm bells and grills on the main door. I wish such initiatives are replicated all over the city so that senior citizens can feel safe,” he added.
Joint commissioner of police (crime) Alok Kumar said Rajesh’s effort augments the increased patrolling in the outlying areas of the city in the wake of several murders.