Police plan campaign for lonely elders

Volunteers to distribute 50,000 pamphlets

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Commissioner of Police Ajai Kumar Singh on Thursday said the city police, in association with the Nightingales Medical Trust that runs the Elders Helpline, will conduct a weeklong campaign from October 1 to create safe environment for senior citizens living alone in the city.

Dr. Singh told presspersons that as part of the campaign, to be launched on the occasion of World Elders' Day, the public will be educated on the precautions they have to take for ensuring the safety of elders living alone.

The police and the volunteers of the Nightingales Medical Trust will distribute 50,000 handouts that will list the security tips. Banners will be put at some important places, Dr. Singh said.

The Elders Police Hotline facility, which is now available in eight police stations, will be extended to all police stations in the city. Senior citizens in trouble can alert the police and get their help by just lifting their telephone receiver and keeping it off the hook for 20 seconds.

Alert message

Once the receiver is off the hook, the police control room will get an alert message. The police will establish the identity of the caller through their computerised database and alert the nearest police station or patrol squad to rush to the distressed person's help, Dr. Singh said.

To avail themselves of this facility, senior citizens should have a Bharath Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) telephone connection to their house and register themselves with the police through the Elders helpline.

Neighbourhood watch

Dr. Singh said neighbours of lonely senior citizens can register their names and telephone numbers with the Elders Helpline so that the police control room can alert them when their elderly neighbours are in distress.

"To make this scheme effective, participation of the neighbours of lonely senior citizens is essential. Concerned neighbours can obtain the registration forms from the police stations," he said. For details, public can call toll-free Elders Helpline on 1090.

Recommended for you