A vicious attack on an elderly woman has pushed local board members to take action on securing pensioner housing.
A 74-year-old woman was tied up, beaten and robbed in her council-owned retirement village home in Pakuranga back in June.
Manurewa Local Board chairwoman Angela Dalton now wants all Manurewa pensioner housing to have security doors fitted urgently.
She is asking the board to support discretionary funding to be spent on the project.
It will cost between $600 and $1400 to install security doors at each home that does not already have locks, she says.
"Pensioner flats are there to ensure that we give our elderly some dignity in their retirement.
"The least we can do is to ensure they are safe in their homes."
Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board chairman John McCracken says full safety audits will be carried out on the area's pensioner homes.
Bag-snatchers have also been targeting the elderly in the board's town centres this year, he says, and CCTV cameras were installed to make those areas safer for the public, he says.
Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board chairman Peter Skelton says he would be mentioning the need to secure pensioner homes in the board's next safety meeting.
Elderly need to feel they are safe and council housing should be checked for to see if lighting and security is sufficient.
"We need to remind the elderly to let us know of any incidents that occur, otherwise they tend to keep silent and we don't know what is happening," Mr Skelton says.
Counties Manukau Grey Power vice-president Ron Wilkins has been lobbying local boards to resolve the security door issue and says he's pleased the Manurewa board will be securing pensioners' homes.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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