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CCRP alarmed at recent increase in crimes against seniors

Caribbean Community of Retired Persons | 2016-06-30 00:00:00

The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) is expressing concern about the recent attacks on senior citizens, as reported in the news.  The seniors’ organization is calling on all well-thinking Jamaicans to look out for the elderly and do what is necessary to protect them.

“It is shameful that our seniors, who have lived lives of service and have raised one or two generations, should be unsafe in our society. They should be respected, cherished and protected,” says Dorett Linton, administrator with the CCRP. “The affection and care that we exhibit towards our senior citizens are true manifestations of who we are as a people,” she added. 

The CCRP finds it necessary to sensitize Jamaica’s seniors on some of the precautionary measures they can adopt to secure their personal safety. Consequently, the organisation is sharing the following safety tips from the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

When out and about:
• When going out, let someone know where you are going and what time to expect you back.
• Keep your valuables out of sight and secure.
• Stay alert to your surroundings.
• If something doesn’t feel right…it probably isn’t.  Trust your instincts, they are there to protect you.
• Avoid danger spots like quiet or badly lit alleyways, streets or isolated car parks.
• Be careful when using cash machines.  Make sure nobody is hovering nearby and do not count your money in the middle of the street.
• Beware of someone who warns you of the danger of walking alone and then offers to accompany you.  This is a ploy some attackers have been known to use.
• Never accept a lift with a stranger or someone you don’t know very well even if you are wet, tired or running late.
• Always use a licensed route taxi that you know or that is identifiable. Carry the telephone number of a trusted licensed company with you.
• When driving, make sure you have enough fuel for your journey.
• Park in well lit areas and never leave anything on display in your car.
• Always lock your car, even if you are only leaving it for a short while and keep car windows closed or only slightly open.

Home security:
• All external doors and windows should be fitted with secure locks.
• Try not to leave keys in a place where they can be seen from outside your home.
• Lock away tools and ladders out of sight.
• Thorny shrubs can be added to hedges or planted under windows to discourage intruders.
• Good outdoor lighting is a great way of deterring intruders, ensure your driveway and path to your front door is well lit.
• If you are going away on holiday, try not to tell too many people or make your departure too obvious e.g. packing cars in front of your house.

The CCRP was launched in April 2010 with the mission “to work towards ensuring that the vast talent, experience and wisdom of our seniors are respected, and that they enjoy the quality of life which they so richly deserve.”

CCRP was founded by Jean Lowrie-Chin, Managing Director of PROCommunications Limited as a tribute to the many seniors who had mentored her and supported PROComm.  The company houses CCRP’s operations and is its major sponsor.

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