PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation wants a dedicated database on crime against the elderly to be set up as it calls for more to be done to protect the safety of senior citizens.
Its senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the authorities should work with the public to help reduce crime against senior citizens, especially those living alone.
Many of the elderly have fallen prey to conmen peddling get-rich-quick schemes and other scams, Lee said.
“We cannot take the security aspect of senior citizens lightly, especially those who live alone. Criminals such as thieves, robbers and drug addicts are targeting senior citizens because they are physically and mentally weak.
“In this regard, I urge all parties to take proactive measures to help reduce the opportunity for crime to befall senior citizens,” Lee said in a statement.
He highlighted the case of a 72-year-old woman in Kuantan who lost RM10,000 after being duped by a foreigner who had requested her aid to claim a RM400,000 lottery prize.
“Culprits are now employing various tactics through the phone, the Internet and other gadgets to deceive senior citizens to join get-rich-quick schemes or establishing fake relationships through social media.
“The victims, apart from losing their valuables and money, may also suffer from health problems, including mental stress,” he said.
Lee called for the setting up of a nationwide database of criminal cases that had involved senior citizens.
“We need complete statistics so that we can identify all the hot spots and understand the types of crime and latest tactics used by the perpetrators,” he said.
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