On the eve of Senior Citizens Day (Friday, 21 August), Deputy PCC Hardyal Dhindsa is calling for greater awareness of crimes against older people.
Looking back at his conversations with older members of the community during this year’s Over to You series he said that many had highlighted the fact that with advancing years came an additional vulnerability to crime and harm.
“We rightly focus on issues around child sexual exploitation, hate crime and the type of offences predominantly carried out by younger members of society,” he said. “But we must not neglect the older members of our communities. Nobody should become a victim, particularly because of their age.
“Whatever the crime, whether it’s abuse, harassment, anti-social behaviour, rogue traders or scams, it is simply not acceptable, it’s not an ‘old’ issue, it’s a criminal issue.
“I am calling on communities to help keep a watchful eye out for older members of society, for young people to make friends and volunteer to help their elderly neighbours, and just as we seek to stamp out hate crime in other formats, race, creed, sexuality, I would like to see age-related criminality similarly addressed.”
“Senior Citizens Day provides an excellent opportunity to advocate for the rights of older people throughout the world.”
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Posted on Thursday 20th August 2015