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RUSE BURGLARY / HOME REPAIR FRAUD

With spring approaching, warmer weather will return and unfortunately so will ruse burglars and home repair con artists.  Several communities throughout Lake County saw an increase in ruse burglaries and home repair frauds in 2011 and 2012. Awareness, safety and security planning and timely communication with Public Safety Officials can help prevent these incidents.

SAFETY/SECURITY TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

1.      Do not open your door to strangers or uninvited visitors.

2.      If you have unwanted/unidentified persons at your door or on your property, call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (911) immediately. After calling the Lake County Sheriff’s Office you can also call Countryside Lake Security at 847-989-4425. Have Sheriff’s Deputies or Countryside Lake Security Officers determine who is on your property and if there is a legitimate reason for their presence.

3.      If you communicate with a stranger or solicitors that approach your home, do so from behind a locked door or from a window.

4.      Obtain witness information (suspect and vehicle description, license plate number if possible) for police follow-up, from a safe position or location.  DO NOT CONFRONT the unwanted/unidentified visitors, or attempt to pursue them if they exit your property prior to police arrival.

5.      If you are outside your residence, make sure that you carry your cell phone or cordless telephone so that you can contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately, and then Countryside Lake Security if strangers or solicitors approach you on your property. DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO LURE YOU AWAY FROM YOUR HOME.

6.      Call the Sheriff’s Office immediately and then Countryside Lake Security when suspicious persons are observed near your property or on your neighbor’s property. Ruse burglars and home repair fraud con-artists often “case” and do surveillance around homes, prior to actually approaching.

 

BE ALERT AND REMEMBER

Ruse burglars and home repair fraud con-artists will:

·        Target senior citizens.

·        Try to coax you out of or away from your home to look at property boundaries, trees, or fences around your residence, or areas outside of your home that may or may not need repairs.

·        Try gaining entry into your home by stating that they need to read a utility meter, check a utility device, or obtain hot water for a repair.

·         Claim to be doing work for a utility company, local contractor or neighbor and need some type of assistance, or your cooperation. (LEGITIMATE UTILITY EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS WILL BE ABLE TO PRODUCE APPROPRIATE IDENTIFICATION AND SHOULD BE DRIVING VEHICLES THAT ARE MARKED WITH THEIR COMPANY NAME).

·        Have accomplices hiding inside their vehicles that will exit and attempt to enter your home if you are distracted or lured away from your residence.

·        Promise services for prices too good to be true.

·        Park their vehicles at obscure locations on or near your property to make it more difficult to identify and obtain license plate information.

·        Usually exit property abruptly when asked to produce identification, a work order, or when a homeowner states that they are calling the police.

·        ALWAYS CALL THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF FIRST AS COUNTRYSIDE LAKE SECURITY PATROL HOURS VARY DAILY.

 

Lake County Sheriff:                                      Countryside Lake Security Patrol:

Emergency     911                                           847-989-4425

Non-emergency:  847-549-5200

 

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY REMINDERS

1: Home address numbers should be posted and clearly visible at the roadway entrance to your property (mailbox). It is also recommended that address numbers be clearly posted on the residence itself. Clear and unobstructed posting of an address will improve law enforcement, fire and rescue service, and Security Patrol response time, should emergency services be needed.

2: If no trespassing , no solicitors, or private property signs are posted at the entry points to your property, they must be positioned and large enough to be clearly visible. Signs with small or faded lettering or those that are covered by foliage can make enforcement action more difficult and provide a defense challenge for solicitors or trespassers.

3: If you have a burglar/trouble alarm system for your home, make sure that it is in proper working order. Posted warnings advising that your home is protected by an alarm service are meaningless for intruders if the system does not activate when a breech occurs or the system is not used. Be sure that the Lake County Sheriff and your alarm company have current contact and key holder information on file.

4: If you leave your residence for an extended period of time, take measures to make it appear that someone is home. This can be done by:

          A: Having someone pick up your mail, newspapers, and delivered packages.

          B: Placing interior lights on timers that correspond with your normal household routine.

          C: Having someone take care of your garbage pick-up and trash can retrieval per regular schedule.

          D: Have your driveways and walks plowed and shoveled, and lawns mowed while you are away.

All residents are encouraged to utilize house watch services an provided by the Lake County Sheriffs Office ( 847-549-5200) and Countryside Lake Security Patrol ( 847-989-4425).

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