Did you see this recent press release?
CEO and Security Expert, Anthony Dohrmann, says crimes against seniors are rising, offers 10 safety tips.
According to the Department of Justice, there are two general categories of financial crimes against the elderly: fraud committed by strangers, and financial exploitation by relatives and caregivers. Elders may seem to be easily targeted due to the stereotypes of being poorly informed, being alone, and potentially suffering from mental deterioration. According to a security and senior safety company headquartered in New Mexico, senior citizens are frequent victims of crime, and the problem is only getting worse. More heartbreaking, is to discover that often times theft, manipulation and crime is perpetrated against seniors by family members.
“There are over 40 million seniors and over 10,000 people in America who turn age 65 every 24 hours. This means the population of elderly is growing, and for criminals, it means expanding opportunity”, said Anthony Dohrmann, CEO of the Electronic Caregiver Company. According to the Administration on Aging, by age 75 nearly half of all women live alone, and criminals are watching. “Woman are viewed by criminals as exceptionally vulnerable, but men are also victims of crime. Look at it through the criminals eyes. If you’re an aging individual you’re seen as a person who is less agile, who also has diminished hearing and vision, and who moves a bit slower. You’re less likely to be able to identify a threat, less likely to wake during an intrusion, and less able to defend yourself. Criminals are found to be less empathetic and perceive the elderly as declining in health, and likely not to miss stolen possessions as much. They are selfish.”
Anthony Dohrmann provides some tips to help people make their homes and environments after. His company recently responded to the home invasion of a family in Southern California. Some of the victim’s family and friends spoke about the incident here-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlpEcpouUKk
Dohrmann says there are things you can do to make yourself safer:
#1 Lock your doors and windows, and don’t leave the side or garage to house door unlocked.
#2 Plant thorny shrubs under ground floor windows to deter intruders, especially in concealed areas like rear of house.
#3 Use inexpensive light timers and plug lamps into them to give your home a lived-in look.
#4 Avoid letting mail pile up on driveways and porches.
#5 Put up a beware of dog sign and decals.
#6 Keep windows and shades closed so thieves can’t take inventory from outside.
#7 Keep a radio or television playing when you’re away, and hang a small bell from the knob of your entry doors.
#8 Don’t depart and return when it’s dark if you’re alone. Ask someone to go with you, or ask a neighbor to meet you outside.
#9 Fly an American flag outside. Thieves believe flag flyers have firearms.
#10 Get a security system. They’re incredibly affordable and come with signs, window decals and additional deterrents.
“There is no substitute for being aware and prepared. Locks, lights and look. Don’t exit the car is a stranger pulls up behind you. Flash lights and honk your horn. Keep your purses and wallets tightly held and close. Keep a safe distance between you and others. Don’t engage in conversations by phone with strangers. Just because someone claims to be calling from your bank, don’t believe them and don’t give out personal information. Ask for a phone number and call them back. Hang up on people and throw away mail when claims are made you’ve won something. By being smart you win your dignity!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dohrmann has been in the security business for over 30 years. He founded companies including Gold Coast Security, LaserShield Systems, and the Electronic Caregiver Company. He has both invented innovative security electronic products, as well as working with America’s biggest alarm monitoring partners and retailers to build awareness and market security nationwide across all 50 states. He lives with his wife and children in Southern New Mexico and operates two national companies. www.anthonydohrmann.com
ABOUT THE ELECTRONIC CAREGIVER
The Electronic Caregiver provides in-home plug-n-go technology to protect seniors during medical concerns, emergencies, and against crime and environmental dangers such as fire and CO gas. The Electronic Caregiver is offered and recommended by physicians, pharmacists, medical equipment companies, senior living providers, medical centers, home health agencies and insurance professionals nationwide. The Electronic Caregiver also offers telemedicine and wellness support services where clients can dial one number 24/7 and access physicians and professionals on demand, resolving 9 out of 10 calls without the need for a visit to the doctor’s physical office. To learn more www.electroniccaregiver.com