Protect elderly in their homes: Grandmother is burgled twice in 2008

PUBLISHED: 09:34 01 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:38 31 May 2010

A WOMAN has called for greater measures to protect elderly people after her deaf 82-year-old grandmother was burgled twice in 2008. Victim Marjorie Plumb, who lives alone in Vicarage Close, Thaxted, had more than £1000 worth of jewellery and cash stolen f

A WOMAN has called for greater measures to protect elderly people after her deaf 82-year-old grandmother was burgled twice in 2008.

Victim Marjorie Plumb, who lives alone in Vicarage Close, Thaxted, had more than £1000 worth of jewellery and cash stolen from her council house in two separate incidents in March and December.

Granddaughter Joanna Lunt said: "She is very scared and feels like a prisoner in her own home - it's really affecting her health."

Thieves forced the front door of her property on December 9 and searched her bedroom while Mrs Plumb was watching Coronation Street. Among the items stolen - worth a total of £700 - was a wedding ring given to her by her husband who died almost 15 years ago.

In March two men claiming to be from the water board came to her door and pushed their way inside. The thieves made off with £500 worth of jewellery and cash.

"My grandmother was terrified," said Mrs Lunt. "When my parents came round to see her the next day they couldn't get in because she had pushed a chair against the door."

Concerned Mrs Lunt is now calling on the council to improve the security of their properties to protect people like her grandmother.

Head of housing management at Uttlesford District Council, Roz Millership, said: "Obviously we are sad that Mrs Plumb was burgled, and an officer from the council has visited Mrs Plumb to assess the property's security and make any changes as necessary.

"The property Mrs Plumb lives in is owned by the council and has traditional night latch locks fitted as standard. Some residents may prefer to add additional security locks and can do so by requesting permission from the council.

"In consideration of our residents' wishes and in particular Mrs Plumb's situation, we are pleased to advise that we will be replacing her doors in the very near future."

Anyone with any information about either of burglaries suffered by Mrs Plumb should contact Saffron Walden CID on 0300 333 4444.

For advice about protecting elderly people from distraction burglaries contact Uttlesford's crime reduction officer, Peter Caulfield, on the same number.

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