Several areas have reported upswings in distraction burglaries over the years. These burglaries are hard for senior citizens to point out as scams. Talk to your mom about them and help her learn how to avoid them.
What is a Distraction Burglary?
A distraction burglary often involves a person coming to the door posing as a utility worker. The person says there is a problem and something within the home needs to be checked. They will go to a room and ask the target or a partner to go to a different room to “check” or “test” something. While the senior is busy in one room or with one person, the other is out of sight and stealing anything that can be quickly grabbed.
-As an example, a New York homeowner had two men come to his door posing as workers that needed to inspect lines in the back. One stayed with the homeowner while the other left the room. They communicated over two-way radios. When they left, the homeowner discovered the men had stolen cash.
-In a California case, workers went to an older woman’s house saying they were plumbers. They had been assigned to inspect water lines. While one stayed with her, the other stole all of her jewelry.
-Another example happened in Florida. A couple answered the door to be told by a person claiming to be with Duke Energy that there was a problem outside their home. While they went out with the worker to see what was wrong, another person entered their home and stole their safe.
How Do You Stop Them?
The easiest way to stop them is to have your mom refuse to answer the door to someone she doesn’t know. Even if the worker shows a badge or identification card, your mom can decline and say she will call the company to set up an appointment.
Install doorbell cameras at your mom’s home. She can keep her door locked and talk to a person at the door through the camera. Again, if the person insists to be from a specific company and needs to do some work, she can refuse and say she will schedule an appointment at her convenience.
Don’t leave your mom home alone if she is easily confused or tricked. Alzheimer’s is an example of a time when someone should have elder care services at home. Your mom will have an aide with her to help her recognize scams. Call an elder care agency to learn more about companionship and other home care services.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.
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