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Use caution in your home

September 16, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

I want to warn others who need help in their homes. These individuals are in possible danger of having things taken from them.

This summer, I was shocked to realize that a person I trusted was stealing from me. Hindsight is very clear, so I will share what I have learned from that perspective.

First, if you suspect something is missing, call the police.

Second, keep your medicine and all expensive jewelry locked up.

Third, keep an inventory of all your things in your home and where they are located.

Fourth, watch out for any items taken from your home. They can be hidden in the aide's purse or pocket. Also, the aide can hide things in laundry to be washed or in garbage.

Fifth, if there is any way to mark your possessions, do it, and take pictures of your things.

Sixth, if you don't feel safe with your aide, ask for another, or change agencies.

As for me, the agency insists that I just mislaid my things, including jewelry, tools, craft items, Christmas decorations and even a pot of flowers that was on my sidewalk. All of these things disappeared during a period of months.

The police have been called. They are working to resolve this issue and bring this case to trial.

Elaine Sleever


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