The murders of six senior citizens in Kolkata and the suburbs over the past two months have led to the Kolkata Police issuing an SOP to police stations, asking them to carry out an elderly census and a security audit of their homes. The cops have devised a list of dos and don’ts they are asking senior citizens to follow. They have also advised the elderly to approach them through the phone.
Cops say there are four issues the elderly need to inform them about immediately — escalation of financial dispute, any threat issued to them, verification of new household help and employment of service providers like plumbers, electricians, masons, house painters and drivers. Additionally, cops have asked residents to install CCTV cameras, double locks, peep holes and grilles.
The things the senior citizens have been asked not to do include not opening the door for unknown people, not allowing salesmen to enter the house when no one else is home and not revealing bank details or phone numbers to random people.
“Besides providing the essential police station numbers, we have also provided them with numbers of the local beat officers, assistant sub-inspectors and sub-inspectors. Any senior citizen is free to contact us on these issues. There is also a central number the senior citizens can call,” said an officer.
The cops said that among the first things that are being carried out is an elderly census covering five aspects — identification of seniors, relatives who keep in touch with them, the domestic help they employ, contractual labourers employed by them and those providing them with daily services, like the milkman or the newspaper vendor.
Another aspect of the campaign will e conducting a security audit for the elderly of a specific area.
Source: Times of India