DORIS Talbot is one Liverpool senior resident who is living in fear.
Mrs Talbot used to feel safe when she walked the streets, until she fell victim to a bag snatcher on Wednesday, August 21.
Mrs Talbot, 89, is a war-widow who lives in Moorebank.
She was advised by her doctor to walk and exercise regularly.
"I often go for a walk for the good of my health," she said.
Mrs Talbot was walking along the side of the road on Maddecks Avenue at noon when a 90s model red Toyota Seca veered onto the wrong side of the road.
The driver reached out of the car window and ripped her handbag from her shoulder and sped off.
Mrs Talbot said since the attack she had been too afraid to walk alone.
"I'm scared. But I know you just can't stop shopping just because that happened, not everyone out there is bad," she said.
"When I walk the street again, I'd be much more careful."
Mrs Talbot's case is one of many such offences that commonly occur against senior residents.
Liverpool Police are investigating a spate of attacks including that of a 70-year-old woman and her carer, who were threatened by a man armed with a gun before being robbed at their unit complex in Bathurst Street, Liverpool, on Saturday night.
A 77-year-old male was robbed in Westfields on Friday, and a 66-year-old male was also robbed in Warwick Farm in July.
Crime manager, Inspector Dean Johnstone, said despite the spate of offences, crimes against seniors were not necessarily on the rise.
"I do not think that crimes against the elderly are on the increase," he said.
He said senior residents were easily targeted because of their vulnerability.
"The elderly are easy targets as they are often too frail to fight back," he said.
"Many of our elderly live alone or with their significant other.
"There are no children in the home and therefore [they] are more vulnerable as they have no immediate support.
"They need to build up a network of support in their immediate area with neighbours, friends, relatives."