The Yad Sarah organization, which has distributed emergency beepers to 20,000 people who live alone, is ready to lend out more to prevent attacks such as the one involving a 78-year-old woman in Jerusalem’s East Talpiot neighborhood this week.
An assailant got into her home and attacked her foreign worker, stole a safe and ripped a gold necklace from her neck.
“If she had had an emergency beeper and contacted our center, maybe the violent incident would not have occurred, said the voluntary organization’s spokesman David Rothner on Wednesday.
After a one-time payment of NIS 400 and a NIS 100 deposit, the beeper is made available, and users can contact Yad Sarah, a doctor, police, an ambulance, relatives and others at any time using a button on a bracelet. The beepers, which are installed and maintained for the fee, have often saved lives, said Rothner. No monthly fee is charged, unlike those sold by commercial firms.