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The weather is warming up, increasing the opportunity for ruse burglaries. Ruse burglaries are committed by offenders generally travelling in pairs. One offender uses a ‘ruse’ to distract the victim, while the other offender enters the home to search for and steal cash, jewelry and other items.
Offenders use many story lines including:
• Offering to repair gutters, fences or tree trimming and landscaping• Blacktop, seal-coating, or driveway repair• Inquiries about the homeowner’s water supply or water pressure• Informing the homeowner there is an electrical problem outside of the home• Repairing unilock pavers• False statements about problems with the neighbor’s house• Questions about homeowner’s property lines• Inquiries about homes for sale in the neighborhood
• Do not allow anyone in your home unless you know them personally or it is a scheduled appointment.• If a solicitor comes to your residence, take notice of the vehicle they are driving (make, model, color, type) and their attire and physical characteristics.• If you choose to speak with a solicitor or utility worker, never leave your front door unlocked or unattended.• A legitimate utility or government worker will never object if you ask for ID.• You may verify with the utility company or local government agency if the individual was sent to your residence.• Share these tips with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
If you feel you were the victim of a ruse burglary or if you witnessed suspicious vehicles and/or subjects approaching elderly neighbors, please call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 847-549-5200 to report these incidents.
Call 911 if the incident is in progress. Please be ready to provide the offender’s vehicle description and a license plate number.