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DLF warns older and disabled people to protect their equipment following a number of recent thefts

20th May 2009

Mobility equipment is expensive with a top-of-the-range lightweight wheelchair costing in the region of £2,000 and mobility scooters for road use costing on average £3,000- £5,000, with some up to £8,000.

Chris Shaw, Chief Executive of the Disabled Living Foundation, comments, “Mobility equipment all too often requires a huge investment . Unfortunately unscrupulous individuals will seize the opportunity to take anything of value and an unsecured wheelchair or scooter is no exception.”

Shaw continues “Stolen wheelchairs and scooters often make the headlines. Not only are the thieves taking a valuable item of equipment, but they are also taking away the independence of the person. Often there is no other way of getting around.”

Shaw continues “Heavier motorised scooters are more difficult to bring indoors and so, where possible, we advise owners to invest in a lock-up shed to improve security. Above all, insurance should be taken out for valuable mobility aids and there are a number of companies specialising in such cover”.

"We recommend that older and disabled people and their carers take a few simple steps to improve the security of their wheelchairs and scooters to prevent or at least deter any would-be-thief and protect themselves from a loss which can have a huge impact on the quality of their life”

For information on products and insurance schemes, please call DLF's Helpline on 0300 999 0004, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm or email advice@dlf.org.uk

Further information and images

Please contact Sharon Harbutt, Press Officer on tel 020 7432 8017 or email s.harbutt@dlf.org.uk

Notes for editors

For details of the recent wheelchair theft visit: 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8058866.stm

About DLF

DLF is the UK’s leading source of expert information, advice and training on independent living for older or disabled people. We want every older or disabled person to have the impartial information and expert advice they need to make choices about their daily lives – and front-line staff to be well trained and well informed.

DLF's information is disseminated through a wide range of services. Members of the public can obtain advice from DLF's Helpline service, which responds to up to 25,000 enquiries a year, or try products out at its Equipment Demonstration Centre in London, one of the largest in the UK.

DLF also provides a range of online services at www.dlf.org.uk, including:

  • ‘Living made easy’, (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk), an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment.
  • Free factsheets giving advice on a wide range of topics about disability and mobility products and choosing equipment for older and disabled people.
  • AskSARA, (www.asksara.org.uk), an online advice tool that guides people to appropriate useful advice and information on products that can help them.

Healthcare professionals benefit from DLF Data, the UK’s only comprehensive and up-to-date database of daily living equipment and assistive technology and an extensive Training Programme including a variety of bespoke courses. They also attend the DLF Moving & Handling People conference, an annual event in 3 parts comprising an exhibition, practical workshops and plenary sessions.

 

 

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