Thieves are adding insult to injury for grieving families by trolling obituaries and breaking into their homes during visitations and funerals. Officials with the Indiana State Police Lowell Post note a number of burglaries have occurred in the past year in Starke, Pulaski, Jasper and Newton Counties.
They add thieves can find information and hours when victims will be gone by reading obituaries published online or in newspapers.
ISP officials recommend having someone stay at your home during the wake, memorial or funeral service. Another theft deterrent is a security system with a direct link to a monitoring service. Some include outdoor cameras, automated lighting and alarms.
Also, use locks and secure your home every time you leave, even if you are just running a quick errand. You can also notify your local police department and ask them to do extra patrols by your home during the visitation and funeral.