Older victims of crime deserve better support
REPORTS of a gang in south Armagh targeting elderly people is obviously a cause for concern.
This type of crime causes fear in the community and older people feel defenceless in their homes.
However, older persons need to see results following a crime – they need ongoing contact, reassurances and information.
Until a fear-factor strategy is put in place and successfully delivered and older persons report feeling safe within their own four walls, then the fear of being a victim of crime will prevail – regardless of the statistics.
CLLR ADAM NEWTON (DUP)
Belfast City Council