Attacks on elderly a growing concern

Public assistance requested

10 May 2021 | Crime

Ileni Shapumba; Inspector, Nampol; “It is very disturbing that our elderly are robbed, assaulted and murdered.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Nampol community affairs commander in the Erongo region, Inspector Illeni Shapumba, said that the recent attacks on elderly residents of the coast is a growing concern.

He made these remarks at a meeting with members of the media.

The meeting was hosted to strengthen relations between the media and police operating in the Erongo region.
Shapumba said that the suspect(s) who brutally murdered Irene Lohmeier (82) are still at large. The victim was found strangled in her home in Swakopmund.

“The suspect(s) are still roaming freely in society. We are calling on members of the public to assist us in this regard.
“It is beyond human comprehension to attack, rob and murder our elders. A senior citizen was attacked in Henties Bay on Monday evening and another elderly woman was attacked in Swakopmund. Both suspect(s) are not known,” Shapumba said.

“We all need to play our part. Our neighborhood watches should be informed of senior citizens living alone so that regular patrols can take place. Keep an eye out for our senior citizens; install alarm systems that are easily accessible for the elderly to call for help. We urge that domestic workers be vetted. Let us assist our elders instead of allowing strangers to come in and share information that can put them in harm’s way.”

Shapumba added that police operations will be intensified across the region. “We are also in the process of placing suggestion boxes at all police stations in the regions. There are times when the police are being accused of irresponsible and illegal behavior, and that people are scared to come forward. These suggestion boxes will be there for members of the public to share their concerns anonymously. We serve the people and they should be able to express themselves. Policing should be a public good.”
He urged parents and guardians to know where their children are at all times. “We had an incident recently where a 4-year-old was found roaming along the B2 road. He was brought to the police station and only at 21:00 when his father finished work, was he picked up.”

Furthermore, Shapumba stated that in terms of kidnappings, it is not a cause for concern although safety and being safe should not be compromised. “The public should be wary about sharing information that is not verified to avoid causing panic in communities. If an incident occurred, let the police know immediately.

“The public should have confidence in the police force. Empower your police force; let us know what we are doing well and where we can improve our services. Police force members are reminded on a regular basis to treat our people with kindness, compassion and respect.”

“If there are members of the public who did not receive satisfactory service from the police, they can approach the station commander. If the station commander does not give a satisfactory response or assists, the aggrieved person is more than welcome to approach the regional commander. We are here to serve you.”

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