In yet another instance of senior citizens ending up as soft targets for robbers, the house of an elderly couple in Vasant Enclave in South Delhi was robbed on Wednesday afternoon.
Only last week police chief Y S Dadwal had announced a security review for senior citizens. He had said that policemen would individually visit houses and assist them in securing their houses with safety equipment including strong iron grills.
In Wednesday’s incident, robbers broke open the iron grills of the ground floor house of the pensioner couple, the police said.
The incident took place when R.N. Arora (70) and his wife Usha (65) — both retired government employees — had gone to visit a doctor in Saket.
“We had an appointment with the doctor at 1,” Arora said. “We left the house around 11 a.m. and returned at 3 pm and realised what had happened.”
He claimed the burglars made away with Rs 20,000 in cash and jewellery worth Rs 1,50,000.
The couple got suspicious when they found the lock on the door was hammered out of shape.
“We realised that someone had tried to break open the front door and then checked with our society’s watchman,” Usha said. “We rang up the police immediately.”
The local police suspect the act was not an amateur thief’s doing.
“The grill which the thieves dismantled to create an opening is too small for an average person to get through. They must have used a child,” said a police officer investigating the crime on condition of anonymity.
“The robbery has been conducted in a smart manner. The assailants didn’t even touch traceable gadgets like mobile phones and documents like FDs (fixed deposits) and passports have been left behind.”