This is a repost of a 2015 article concerning Anthony Dohrmann of LaserShield Security and his top ten recommendations for keeping families safer at home. Initially, is was published as a news story authored by one of Anthony Dohrmann’s top team members. After 30 years in the industry, and with all the stories Anthony has heard and the things he has witnessed, these top ten still bear great merit in securing safety for those you love. We even added a few extra tidbits at the end. Sometimes, when it’s this practical, you need to post the information more than once!

Anthony Dohrmann’s Top Ten

According to the Department of Justice, there are two general categories of financial crimes against the elderly. One is fraud committed by strangers, and the other is financial exploitation by relatives and caregivers. Another category is pure and simple burglary. Sometimes overlooked, this one causes loss as well as an impact on the psyche.

Elders may  be easily targeted due to the stereotypes of being poorly informed, being alone, and potentially suffering from mental deterioration. According to a LaserShield, a security and senior safety company headquartered in New Mexico, senior citizens are frequent victims of crime. This problem is only getting worse as our aging population grows.  More heartbreaking, is to discover that often times theft, manipulation and crime is perpetrated against seniors by family members.

The Stats

Most significantly, there are over 40 million seniors.  And currently, there are  over 10,000 people in America who turn age 65 everyday. 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.

Therefore, Anthony is correct in his statement: “Woman are viewed by criminals as exceptionally vulnerable. Aging men are also viewed as weakened. 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. You also move a bit slower.

Consequently, you’re less likely to be able to identify a threat. Perhaps you are less likely to wake during an intrusion. And most likely less able to physically defend yourself. Criminals  perceive the elderly as declining in health, and likely not to miss stolen possessions as much. Criminals are selfish.”

LaserShield 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:

LaserShield CEO Anthony Dohrmann’s Top Ten  Suggestions

Anthony 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. LaserShield Systems come with signs, window decals and additional deterrents. They are also incredibly affordable.

Extra Tidbits

Finally, be aware and prepared for any situation. 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. Most definitely, hang up on those people and throw away those mail when claims are made you’ve won something. By being smart you win your dignity!