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Burglaries and Attacks: How Seniors Can Protect Themselves

Garcia & Artigliere

Unfortunately, older people are often targeted by criminals. While financial fraud attacks occur through various channels, the scariest of all attacks are robberies and burglaries of seniors’ homes.

man looking through peep holeFortunately, there are steps that seniors and their loved ones can take to increase home safety. The elder abuse lawyers of Garcia Law offices share those tips below:

Be Careful When Answering the Door

Scammers and thieves don’t always have to break in. Often, they can get into a home just by ringing the doorbell and telling a phony story.

To protect yourself:

  • Keep doors and windows locked.
  • When the doorbell rings, always look through the peephole before opening the door. If your door doesn’t have a peephole, get one installed.
  • Carry your phone with you when you go to the door.
  • Don’t open or crack open the door if the person on the other side is a stranger or if you feel uncomfortable in any way. Don’t worry about being rude. You have the right to protect yourself.
  • If the person who rang the doorbell says they are a police officer or are from the utility company or any other company, ask them to show you their ID through the peephole.

Install Security Devices

  • If you can afford them, security devices such as alarm systems, plentiful lighting, and motion-detection sensors can help keep you and your home safe.
  • If you travel out of town, don’t let would-be thieves know that you are away. Devices that turn lights on and off at preset hours can make it look like someone is home. If you have newspaper delivery, be sure to suspend it while you are away or have a neighbor come by each day to pick up the paper.

Protect Your Valuables

  • Instead of having checks sent to you through the mail where a thief can steal them from your mailbox, have money deposited directly to your bank account.
  • Keep jewelry and other valuable items in a safe or in a bank’s safe deposit box.

When You Need an Elder Abuse Lawyer

If an elderly loved one has been the victim of a scammer or suffered any other type of elder abuse, call an elder abuse lawyer at Garcia & Artigliere at (800) 328-2630. Our elder abuse lawyers have settled more than 2,500 elder abuse cases in the United States.

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