There’s been a rash of ruse-entry burglaries in the area recently, according to the Hindale Police Department, which sent out a release Friday providing tips for residents to avoid becoming a victim.
Deputy Chief Mark Wodka said three ruse-entry burglaries have taken place in La Grange and Western Springs in the last week, and there have been several more along the I-294 corridor in Hickory Hills, Burbank and Alsip.
Such schemes usually involve a person posing as a utility worker or other professional to distract a homeowner while an accomplice enters the house to collect valuables. Elderly homeowners are often the targets of these schemes.
“Be aware of any person(s) that may appear at your doorstep wishing to provide a service that had not been requested, or ask you to come in or step out of the home to examine your property,” the department’s release reads. “These actions should be a red flag that cautions the resident before engaging further into conversation with the person and potentially becoming a victim of a ‘ruse’ burglary. Strangers should never be allowed access into your yard, home or garage if unsolicited.”
Police advise residents to verify the identity and cause of door-to-door solicitors before making any donations or purchases.
Here’s an excerpt from the Hinsdale Police Department’s release Friday:
The Hinsdale Police Department offers these tips related to phone and in person solicitations:
If you observe behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race. If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make, style, and/or license plate.
Further, residential security systems should be used, if so equipped, when leaving the residence or retiring for the evening to protect your home while you are away.
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