In the Not in My Neighborhood post, I mentioned that thieves are using a number of strategies to commit burglaries. Distraction schemes are a common tactic used to victimize citizens.
Just last Friday, an elderly resident was sitting on her front porch when a male approached her about some yard work he had completed for her neighbors. The male convinced the resident to move to the backyard to evaluate the work. The suspect was talking on a cell phone while speaking with the victim in the yard. When she returned to the front of her house, the suspect got into his van and left the area. The victim went inside of her house and found that her jewelry, cash and credit cards were stolen.
Be wary of people showing up at your house to offer unsolicited products or services. It may seem a bit harsh, but I recommend that you ask uninvited solicitors to kindly leave your property.
We have a city ordinance that may assist you with unwanted solicitors, but it requires some action on your part. The rule prohibits solicitation at residences displaying a "No Soliciting" sign, or words to that effect. I suggest picking up one of these signs at a local hardware store or you can even drop by our Police Station and pick one (pictured below) up.
As always, if you see something that doesn't seem right, give us a call. Stay vigilant and stay safe. Thanks.