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Editorial: Senior Safety

Now that summer is in full swing, apparently deception burglars are on the prowl as evidenced by reported incidents that have taken place locally in the past couple of weeks.

The way it works is that these criminals oftentimes work as a duo and target seniors. Both felons will approach a homeowner under the guise of being a representative of a utility company. While one perpetrator is distracting the mark, the felon’s partner will slip away with the excuse of checking a gas or water leak in another part of the home, leaving criminal number one to stay with the victim and provide a diversion.

Before you know it, the senior has had cash, jewelry or other valuables lifted. It’s a situation that requires heightened vigilance. And what that means is not only demanding identification but calling up whatever utility these strangers may claim to work for. Keeping your door locked at all times, whether you’re answering the door or out doing yardwork, winds up being a simple but  major deterrent along with staying vigilant when strangers who are seemingly legitimate service professionals attempt to access your household.

— Dave Gil de Rubio