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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Elderly must have access to home security

Published 02/10/2012 | 16:13

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We need to work to ensure that all persons aged 66 and over should have access to a personal alarm scheme, if they so desire.

This savage murder of Eugene Gillespie has further underlined the need for us to ensure that older people have enhanced security.

It's well known that violent crimes against the elderly have been steadily increasing in recent years.

Elderly people, particularly those living alone, are more likely to read about crime and worry that they will be targeted by criminals.

Many elderly people lock themselves away in their homes and refuse to open the door for visitors if they do not recognise them.

The murder of Eugene Gillespie is likely to frighten them even more.

Fianna Fáil has specific recommendations to enhance security for older people.

In the wake of the shocking and vicious murder of Eugene Gillespie we will redouble our efforts to see them come into effect, Yours, Senator Mary White FF Spokeswoman on Older People.

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