S Goa police ‘reach out’ to 151 aged persons staying alone

Margao: South Goa district police stations, while updating information about senior citizens, have filled 151 forms of aged persons from January to October 2019. While last year, the police had filled in all 1,828 forms of senior citizens to extend them security.

According to a senior police officer of South Goa, the main aim of police is safety of senior citizens and residents in general. Police have unveiled a list of measures to protect the local residents and senior citizens and to extend them security, he said.

“I have asked police stations in-charge to update information about senior citizens, tenants, migrant labourers. Police inspectors have been also directed to collect information of residences, locked houses in South Goa and also check the number of senior citizens living alone,” said South Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas.

Police officers, he claimed, visit those living alone and carry out individual verification and ensure their safety. As per figures available from police, till October this year, South Goa police have enrolled in all 151 senior citizens from various parts and those staying alone. Out of these 151 forms, Margao police have filled 11 forms, Maina-Curtorim 8, Colva 0, Cuncolim police 38, and Fatorda 0.

Quepem police have filled 39 forms of senior citizens, Curchorem police 3, Sanguem 20, and Canacona 10, while Vasco police filled 8, Verna 0, Mormugao 1, Ponda 5, and Collem police 9.

Last year, in 2018, South Goa police had filled in all 1828 senior citizens forms after approaching them of which Margao police had filled 179, 167 by Maina Curtorim police, 333 by Colva, Cuncolim police 233 and Fatorda 141.

Quepem police had filled 121 forms of senior citizens, Curchorem police 105, Sanguem 84 and Canacona 126, while Vasco police filled 98, Verna 120, Mormugao 25, Ponda 69 and Colem police filled 27 forms.

Police teams, during personal visit, keep in mind aspects like physical security of the house, status of domestic help etc. Senior citizens are also advised to display the telephone numbers of relatives or friends.

Police also advise them to install security tools like door chains, door alarm, and electronic eye ball and grill fencing. “Besides, we also verify the antecedents of domestic helps working for them,” it was stated.

Main objectives of registering senior citizens include coordinating the security measures for senior citizens with the help of local police, sensitising senior citizens about the different ways in which they can look after themselves, assisting them in resolving their personal problems as fast as possible, ensuring regular interaction of the local police through home visits and diligently conducting police verification of domestic help and tenants.

However, senior citizens claim that police personnel should visit their

houses at regular intervals as that will give them a better sense of security and confidence.

Senior citizens urged the senior police officers to carry out frequent patrolling in view of number of thefts and chain-snatching cases being reported. [NT]