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Noida police to give senior citizens tips to stay safe from criminals

To ensure safety of senior citizens in the district, the Gautam Budh Nagar police have started a drive under which cops will visit senior citizens in their respective areas and spread awareness

noida Updated: Aug 19, 2018 05:36 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times, Noida
Noida,Crime,Noida Police
Police personnel and villagers at Kotwali Jewar in Greater Noida.(HT File Photo)

To ensure safety of senior citizens in the district, the Gautam Budh Nagar police have started a drive under which cops will visit senior citizens in their respective areas and spread awareness on various modus operandi of criminals.

The police department has set a target to meet at least 5,000 senior citizens in the span of one week. Around 1,000 constables have been asked to meet at least one senior citizen a day. The drive began on Thursday and will continue for seven days.

“We have told our constables that each person should visit at least one senior citizen a day. We are hoping to meet 5,000 senior citizens in a week’s time. Senior citizens, women and children are prone to tricksters and criminals. Through this drive we want to ensure safety of senior citizens in the district,” said Ajay Pal Sharma, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Gautam Budh Nagar.

These constables will educate veterans about the various ways in which criminals operate so that they can take required precautions to avoid untoward incidents. Officials will also inform them about cyber crime, chain snatchers, tricksters, etc.

“We will be telling senior citizens about the way criminals can target them so that they do not make any mistake. We want people to be well aware of different modus operandi of criminals. We want that senior citizens should take precautions and not fall prey to fraudsters,” added Sharma.

Officials are also preparing a list of veteran citizens in the district with their address and contact numbers. The data will be compiled and submitted to the SSP.

“The police department keeps coming up with new initiatives but these are of no use if it stays only on paper. In the past also, we were told that cops will be helping senior citizens if they have any trouble at home but we haven’t come across any such official yet. We will also meet the SSP to give our suggestions. If the SSP is serious about our safety then it is a good move,” said JC Narang, president, senior citizen welfare association. “We have been running our oganisation to address issues faced by veterans. We will be more than happy to help if the police needs our support to make.

First Published: Aug 19, 2018 05:35 IST