Beware ~ Be Alert ~ Be Smart

Senior Safety

YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS! The electronic age has produced electronic criminals. When I read this it was one of those smack-my-head, AHA! moments. Why hadn’t I thought of this? It’s practically an invitation to the thieves.

Senior Safety in Long-Term Parking

1. AIRPORT LONG-TERM PARKING
A friend of a friend left his car in the long-term parking at the airport while traveling and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, the thief drove the car to its owner’s home, opened the garage door with the opener, and robbed it.

If you are going to leave your car in long-term parking, do not leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener.
This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

Senior Safety: How to Avoid a GPS Home Invasion

2. GPS.
A couple had their car broken into while they were at a football game. The car was parked in the designated parking lot adjacent to the football stadium ‘specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a gun, a garage door remote, and a GPS (Global Positioning System), which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worthwhile had been stolen.

The thieves used the GPS to guide them to the house, then used the garage remote control to gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game and what time the game was scheduled to finish, so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It appears they brought a truck to carry off its contents.

Do not leave your GPS where it’s visible. Remove it from its mount and take it with you if possible.

Do not program your home address into your GPS … Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else will know where you live if your GPS is stolen.

Senior Safety: Mobile Phone Mojo That Blocks Electronic Criminals

3. MOBILE PHONES

A chilling story……….

This lady had her handbag stolen. It contained all the things we normally carry in a purse: cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc.
20 minutes after the theft, she called her husband from a pay phone telling him what had happened. He told her, “I got your text asking for our pin number. I texted it to you right away.”
They rushed down to the bank where the bank staff told them all the money had been withdrawn. The thief had used the stolen cell phone to text “Hubby” in the contact list and got the pin number from him.
Within 20 minutes he (or she) had emptied their bank account of every last cent.

Moral of the lesson:

a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc….

b. When sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

c. When your friends or family text you to meet them somewhere, call back to confirm that the message actually came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going to meet the person who texted you. You may be in for a very unpleasant surprise.

In this age of high-tech convenience, we appreciate and enjoy our gadgets. They make our lives easier and even safer . . . except when they don’t.

If someone else gets their hands on our wonderful electronic devices, they have the advantage, and we could pay a very high price.

This is a public service announcement.
BEWARE ~ BE ALERT ~ BE SMART

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