STEWIACKE – Phyllis Geran is keeping even the simplest tips on her mind when it comes to her personal safety.
Phyllis Geran, a resident of Stewiacke, talks with Colchester RCMP Cpl. Addie Maccallum following a presentation on Thursday about senior safety regarding property crime. Geran is concerned for her own safety and found the presentation beneficial. Raissa Tetanish – Truro Daily News
“I am concerned about my safety, especially because I am a senior citizen – I can’t exactly defend myself if someone breaks into my home,” Geran, a Stewiacke resident, said following a senior safety presentation by Colchester RCMP Cpl. Addie Maccallum on Thursday.
The presentation, held at St. Andrew’s United Church, focused mainly on protection from property crime and was delivered to about 30 people.
“I am diligent about locking my doors, even when I’m home, but if it’s a nice sunny day, you don’t always want to close your windows,” she said, pointing out one of the tips Maccallum said. “I really enjoyed the presentation.”
Along with Geran, Stewiacke’s Bob Miller sat down for lunch (served by RCMP members in red serge) and the presentation.
“We’ve all heard everything before but we are our own worst enemy for not putting things into practice,” he said. “This just reminds us to be more diligent. I think the presentation was very worthwhile.”
Maccallum acknowledged there are a number of organizations that are partners in dealing with issues such as senior safety.
“There are a lot of issues and programs that have dealt with them, but we think there is an opportunity for the RCMP to become active in dealing with that as well,” he said as to why the RCMP has embraced a senior safety co-ordinator position.
“By doing something like this, we’ve found there are a lot of topics, issues and events that people want to discuss with police.”
One of those topics that Geran would like to see is animal control.
“I like to take walks, but there are often times when dogs come running out bearing their teeth, growling and barking,” she said. “I have the right to be able to go for a walk without any fear of these dogs.”
Following the hour-long presentation, which included topics such as keeping valuables out of sight if they are left in a car and calling police if any suspicions are raised, those in attendance had a chance to fill out a feedback survey.
“We are asking for feedback in any of these that we are doing,” said Maccallum, noting he’s hoping similar presentations will be held in areas such as Bible Hill, Tatamagouche and the Bass River area. “We want to make sure that this dovetails into what’s important to them on things, such as fraud prevention, fall prevention and driver safety. There are so many things that we could touch on.”