GARDAÍ in Limerick have advised elderly people to acquire personal safety alarms to help them deal with a growing sense of fear in the wider local community. The advice follows the death of Rosie Hanrahan, aged 78, whose body was found in her home at New Road Thomondgate in Limerick last Friday.
Sergeant Ber Leetch, Crime Prevention Officer at Henry Street Garda Station, acknowledged the community was fearful. She said that “elderly alert bracelets or pendants” were freely available via the Pobal website [through the Seniors Alert Scheme].
“If you log onto the Pobal website [you] can find out how to apply for a free monitored personal alarm, all you have to be to qualify is over 65 years of age,” Sergeant Leetch said.
Sergeant Leetch advised elderly and vulnerable people: “Don’t open [your] door unless you know exactly who it is and why they need to enter your home.”
“If you feel alarmed, ring the Gardaí,” Leeth said.
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