As if mourning was not enough!
Police in Suitland, Maryland—a Washington DC suburb—have reported that thieves have broken into cars at Washington National Cemetery. These merciless thieves prey on those who arrive at the cemetery to attend burial services for a loved one. While the incident appears to be isolated, it serves as a reminder that security cannot be ignored even at a time of grief. Here are a few tips to insure callous thieves won’t make the worst of a very troubling time:
• Secure the home of the decedent during visitation, funeral services and burial as well as other gatherings that take place away from the home.
• Ask the funeral director to instruct everyone attending a burial to lock their cars at the funeral home and the cemetery.
• Do not leave anything of value at the gravesite. Thieves across the country have stolen everything from flowers (which they resell) and copper flower urns atop graves since copper prices have skyrocketed.
• Purses and other valuables should be guarded during visitations and other gatherings.
SharedSorrows.com offers additional tips on our Time-Of-Need Checklist as well as our Post-Funeral Checklist.