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Beware of these Burglar's Tricks
Every year, residents throughout our area fall victim to crimes committed by offenders who use a ruse to distract homeowners while inside their home OR to trick the homeowner into stepping outside. While the homeowner is distracted a second offender quietly enters the home and commits a burglary or theft. Primary targets are elderly owners of single-family or town homes; however, anyone can fall victim to a scam. Past scams have included:
· telling residents a fence on a neighbor’s property is being installed and they need to verify property lines
· saying there’s a problem with the neighbor’s water and now their water needs to be checked
· posing as a worker in the area and requesting a bucket of water
· offering to perform landscaping such as cutting down trees
· posing as either a Village employee or employee of a utility company
· saying a water or electricity problem needs to be checked
· telling residents a family member asked them to come by to do work
Often times, the offender was talking on a two way radio or cell phone in a language other than English, most likely with an accomplice. While the homeowner is distracted the accomplice will enter the home and steal cash, jewelry, or other accessible items. In many cases the homeowners don't realize a theft has occurred until hours or days later.
You should be suspicious of strangers that arrive uninvited to your property - especially if they ask for any of the above listed items. As a minimum, you can ask for identification and a phone number that can be called for verification. Most importantly, NEVER hesitate to call 911 if you believe a person is suspicious. We would rather respond to a 100 false incidents than have someone fail to call and fall victim to a crime.
Watch Out for Scams and Frauds
The Glenview Post Office is warning customers about scam emails being sent claiming to be from the United States Postal Service. A label with fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery contains a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from the computer.
Glenview residents have also been filing reports with Glenview Police about suspicious phone calls, home visits and emails. Most recently, they include:
- a man with a two-way radio coming to the front door asking to turn off the water because he was drilling a hole close by due to flooding
- a voicemail alleging a violation of an IRS code, directing gift cards be purchased and asking for the numbers
- emails offering a job as a mystery shopper, and payment with bogus checks
- a letter from a California company regarding an account reversal of nearly $2,000
- a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft warning of a computer virus
Always be suspicious of strangers who arrive uninvited to your property or communications that seek personal information or money. Ask for identification and a phone number and then call them for verification BEFORE YOU LET THEM IN YOUR HOME or give them personal information. Also, never click on a link in an email sent to you unless you know the sender and the link doesn't look suspicious.
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Please read this document outlining actions you should take in an emergency
Police and Safety
Car Burglary Notice
A number of car burglaries reported recently around the North Shore area may be the work of the so-called "Felony Lane Gang," so named because of the offenders' tendency to pass stolen and forged checks from the drive-through lane furthest from a bank building to avoid being identified. The checks and ID cards are often taken from women's purses or other valuables grabbed after they smash the window of a car.
Targeted areas in Glenview include parks and recreational areas, such a Flick Park and Gallery Park, which have sports courts and trails, according to Glenview Police. The Glenview Police Department offers these tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of car burglary:
* Bring valuables from your car into your home.
* Take valuables with you when you leave your car to watch a sporting event at a local park.
* If you need to leave smaller less valuable items in your car overnight, keep them out of view by locking them in a glove box or a traditional car trunk.
* Lock the doors to your car, but don't rely on pressing the automatic lock on your key ring without verifying the doors are locked or lock the doors manually.
* Don't leave the garage door opener in a car parked in the driveway overnight for a thief to access other cars in the garage.
Chief Mike Volling also asks you to drive with caution and to read these docs about traffic safety:
Traffic Safety for Children and Adults
New Illinois Cell Phone Law 1.1.14
If you have questions or comments about any Police matter, Chief Volling can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org