CHENNAI: The Arumbakkam police have come up with an idea to trace elderly people who go missing from their homes. They will henceforth provide bangles to them, with the phone number of a relative inscribed on it to help a passerby call it up and help in their rescue.
The idea was formed after a woman named Rajam alias Rajeshwari, 80, went missing from her home in Arumbakkam and a complaint was lodged at the police station in the neighbourhood on Saturday. Two days later, on Monday, she was traced to Washermenpet after police shared her pictures on several WhatsApp groups and the idea was born.
Prakash, an SI on probation, developed it along with inspector Prabhu. “We are taking lists of elderly people from our locality. Among them, those who are prone to wandering off will be given this bangle which will have phone numbers inscribed on it in bold,” said Arumbakkam assistant commissioner Arul Santhoshamuthu.
The initiative is aimed at enabling anyone finding these people on a public road to identify them. “We are focusing on all elderly people, but particularly on people who, due illness or age, may momentarily become unbalanced and lose track of place, without any contact or identification,” said Arul Santhoshamuthu.
Police also plan to introduce such bangles to destitute people on the road to make it easy to establish their identity in an emergency.