Issues Caution about Obituary-Targeted Crimes

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There is a new wave of theft crimes based on information posted in obituaries. Funeral Financials discusses the details of these crimes and recommends steps people can take to prevent obituary crimes from happening to them or their loved ones.

Groups of thieves are targeting homes of loved ones who are away attending funerals, Today News reports (June 13, 2013). The crooks are targeting families when they are at their most vulnerable time, and breaking into homes when they know the families will be out at a funeral or memorial service. Funeral Financials discusses this new trend in crime, and cautions people about what they can do to protect themselves.

According to police, in this scheme criminals go through local obituaries and make a list of names and addresses of the grieving relatives. Obituaries often list the full name of the widowed spouse as well as the full names of next of kin and other loved ones. The obituary also usually lists the date and time of the funeral service and burial. Finding home addresses in public records is a simple task. The thieves then take the opportunity to break into homes when they know no one is likely to be home. For example, near Seattle, 10 homes were recently burglarized during funerals resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in possessions being stolen.

To prevent a crime from happening to others, recommends that people exercise extreme caution when preparing an obituary. One should avoid printing the full names of family members or friends and their hometowns. If possible, a friend or neighbor could be asked to stay at the home or just watch for any suspicious activity. Another option would be to park a few cars in front of the home, or keep the lights on, so as to make the home appear occupied. There is no funeral insurance that can protect people from the actions of unscrupulous thieves, so the takeaway here is that people should take preventative, common sense measures to ensure their homes and precious mementos remain safe.

One need not be the next victim in an obituary-targeted crime. Funeral Financials recommends that people exercise discretion and common sense when preparing an obituary to prevent the loss of valuables and precious mementos.

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