Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran warned residents about a rise in ruse burglaries during the summer months.
If you see a person or car in the area you don’t recognize or anything you feel is suspicious, safely take note of the vehicle or person’s description and the license plate. Call 911.” – Ray Rose, Lake County undersheriff
A ruse burglary is a distraction technique used by burglars to lure homeowners outside of their home. While the homeowner is outside, another accomplice will enter the home and steal cash, jewelry and other valuables.
Burglars will use a variety of excuses to lure a homeowner outside of home such as claims of being subcontracted by the local government to fix a broken pipe or schemes for landscaping services such as tree trimming and so forth. Some offenders will try to divert a homeowner’s attention inside the house while others will steal whatever valuables they can find.
“It’s very important to keep a watchful eye on your neighborhood,” said Sheriff Curran. “Senior citizens are very vulnerable to ruse-related crimes, so please keep an extra eye out for senior neighbors, family members and friends,” he added.
Undersheriff Ray Rose urged people to be on the lookout for suspicious strangers.
“If you see a person or car in the area you don’t recognize or anything you feel is suspicious, safely take note of the vehicle or person’s description and the license plate. Call 911,” said Rose.
Deputies, he added, “would rather respond to a false alarm than miss an opportunity to apprehend these burglars.”
Both Curran and Rose offer these additional cautions:
- Never allow anyone inside your home without a pre-scheduled appointment.
- If the person claims affiliation with your local government, ask for identification and call the government office to variation.
- Do not exit your homes and an unscheduled visitor.
- Keep an extra watch on elderly neighbors and family members.
- Immediately report any suspicious activity by calling 911.