ELDERLY WOMAN ROBBED IN FERMOY
Concerns for the welfare of elderly members of the community will be the main focus at a forthcoming meeting of Neighbourhood Watch in Fermoy as a result of a recent burglary that targeted a local woman.
The incident involved an elderly resident of Richmond Hill, Fermoy, who was left living in fear after finding that her house had been disturbed when she returned from her daily trip to the shops.
The burglars waited for the opportune moment and forced entry into the house between 4-5pm on Thursday, July 3. A small amount of cash was stolen from the premises.
“Gardai are now forensically examining the crime scene and are looking for people who might have seen someone acting suspiciously in the areas of Richmond Hill, College Road and Strawhall between 3.30pm-5pm to come forward”, a Fermoy garda station spokesperson told The Avondhu.
Neighbourhood Watch is to highlight the vulnerability of the elderly and ways to protect them from becoming victims of crime at the group’s next meeting. Although it is hoped that the incident was of an isolated nature, members of Neighbourhood Watch and local gardai, feel it is important for neighbours and families to come together and find ways to look after the elderly and make them feel secure in their own homes or even when out shopping.
Gardai have appealed to the elderly to vary their routines and shopping habits in an effort to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future. It is believed that the intruders were familiar with this woman’s regular trips to the shop.
“The crime shocked the local area, as the victim was very well-known, a popular lady and a great neighbour to all. Upset residents of the area have even cancelled appointments due to the recent occurrence,” continued the garda spokesperson.
Neighbourhood Watch and gardai have encouraged people to attend the meeting, on Tuesday next, July 22 at 8pm in the Fermoy Youth Centre, to bring their input and ideas as to how the current situation can be improved.
Thursday 17th July 7:38pm