Po­lice warn res­i­dents about de­cep­tion bur­glar­ies

The Dundalk Eagle - - OBITUARIES -

As the weather slowly warms up, the Baltimore County Po­lice Depart­ment is warn­ing res­i­dents about crim­i­nals who use de­cep­tion to en­ter homes and steal prop­erty.

The sus­pects are very clever and good at pre­tend­ing that they are some­one that they are not. They will ap­proach their vic­tims and claim that they are from or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Baltimore County, the Wa­ter Depart­ment, or BGE. They will tell the vic­tim that they need to check some­thing such as wa­ter pipes, or need to do some type of in­spec­tion. In some cases, the sus­pects have worn cloth­ing that makes them look au­then­tic such as bright yel­low traf­fic vests and showed iden­ti­fi­ca­tion badges. While one sus­pect dis­tracts the vic­tim, an­other sus­pect will en­ter the home and steal money, jew­elry, and other valu­able items.

Baltimore County Po­lice of­fers the fol­low­ing tips to pre­vent de­cep­tion bur­glar­ies:

• Do not al­low un­in­vited re­pair work­ers into your home, espe­cially if they want to fix some­thing that you have not no­ticed is a prob­lem (such as a leaky roof).

• Do not al­low any­one to lead you any­where in your home or on your prop­erty. This can leave other ar­eas of the home un­se­cured so that a thief can ac­cess those ar­eas.

• If some­one claims to be at your home for an in­spec­tion, ask for pic­ture iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and con

• tact their com­pany prior to al­low­ing them into your home.

• Keep doors locked when pos­si­ble to pre­vent any­one from en­ter­ing your home while you are out­side the house.

• Call 911 im­me­di­ately if some­one at­tempts to en­ter your home or you sus­pect some­one is at­tempt

• ing a de­cep­tion bur­glary.

• Watch for peo­ple of­fer­ing ser­vices in your com­mu­nity and make sure to write down a de­scrip­tion of the in­di­vid­u­als and their ve­hi­cle, in­clud­ing a tag num­ber.

• Older res­i­dents and those liv­ing alone are of­ten tar­geted — keep in con­tact with your neigh­bors to en­sure that they are not vic­tim­ized.

• Al­ways re­search com­pa­nies be­fore hir­ing them to en­sure that they are le­git­i­mate com­pa­nies with a good rep­u­ta­tion.

• Re­port any sus­pi­cious per­sons, ve­hi­cles, or ac­tiv­ity to po­lice im­me­di­ately. Baltimore County Po­lice Bur­glary Unit de­tec­tives work very hard to solve th­ese crimes, but they need the pub­lic’s help. If you have any in­for­ma­tion on any de­cep­tion bur­glar­ies, please call po­lice at 410-3072020.

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