Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Don't Be Scammed in Your Doorway!

Over the course of the last few weeks, APD has responded on a few reports of residential burglaries wherein the victim was lured into walking outside their home by a stranger. In these instances, the suspect who knocked at the door was a nicely dressed female who claimed to have some sort of legitimate reason to lure the resident outside. Excuses range from a neighbor doing construction to surveying the property were some of the reasons that the suspect would give to the resident. While the resident accompanied the female, a male suspect would slip in the front door and rummage through belongings, looking for money and jewelry. When the crime was complete, the pair would flee.

Whenever anyone comes to your door that you do not know, first attempt to verbally identify them without opening the door. If you do open the door, ask them to show you some form of proper ID along with legitimate business cards or uniform. If you are in any doubt as to who you are dealing with, close and lock your door and call the police. Chances are that if the person is legitimate, they will gladly show you their identification and there will most likely be a work related vehicle directly in front of your home. If they are up to no good, they will move on when you confront their purpose. Be a good witness and give the police a description of the persons involved. By no means should you walk away from your home or allow an unknown person in your home. Stay safe, stay alert!

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