Around 40 senior citizens from the Ormeau Road received packages to further enhance personal safety in their own homes this week.
During a visit to the St John Vienny-based Pensioners Club, Councillor Pat McCarthy, chairman of the Health and Environmental Services Committee, handed over a number of items including personal alarms, lighting timers for their homes and energy saving light bulbs on behalf of the Belfast Community Safety |Partnership.
He said: “It is vital that we do all in our power to make our senior citizens feel safe whether in their own homes or on the street.
“Despite the impression given by recent reports in the media that elderly people are increasing vulnerable to burglaries and attacks, they need to be reassured that these are exceptions rather than the rule. At the same time, we need to make them aware of possible dangers and provide them with equipment and advice for their protection. The items we have presented to them will hopefully give them some comfort, but I also call on neighbours, friends and families to call regularly with our older people and provide that necessary reassurance that they are safe in their own homes and on our streets.”