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Editorial — Respect our elders
The number of incidents involving young people in Langley taking advantage of seniors has mushroomed in recent weeks, and it’s time to ask for at least a smattering of respect for elders.
There have been at least two home invasions, an incident of a senior in a care home finding a strange man in her second-storey suite and daylight robberies. Instances of fraud, over the phone and in person, have also been reported.
Those who have been arrested thus far are almost all in their 20s. They are picking on people who are 50 to 60 years older than they are.
This is thoroughly disgusting.
Many of these incidents took place where people consider themselves safe — in their own homes. Some of them took place in more secure facilities, such as a seniors’ home.
None of this seems to matter to the offenders, who seem to think only of their own day-to-day needs. Some of them are drug users, if not addicts. One has no fixed address. Some of them brag of their exploits on social media.
To their credit, Langley RCMP took all these incidents very seriously and have made several arrests. Some of the people who are involved in these types of crimes are serial offenders, and unfortunately an arrest means very little to them. They are often let out on bail and commit more crimes while awaiting trial on the earlier offence.
The court system has consistently let down the victims of these types of crimes, and it would be expecting too much at this point in time to ask the courts to start taking these offences more seriously.
But people can put pressure on their MPs and MLAs, and ask them to pass tougher laws dealing with serial offenders. They can also ask the federal and provincial governments to appoint some tougher-minded judges in B.C.
They can also look out for their older neighbours. If they need help, don’t be afraid to volunteer. Look out for them, particularly if they don’t have any family members nearby who are doing so.
Langley has a reputation as a caring community, where people don’t get left behind. The community has done a lot to care for the homeless and people with serious needs. Let’s not forget to look out for our older citizens, who ask nothing more than to be able to live out their remaining years in peace and quiet.