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Posted on: April 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Glen Ellyn Police Department Reminds Residents to Be Cautious of Ruse Burglaries

Police Community Alert

There is typically an increase in the number of ruse burglaries and scams in Glen Ellyn during the spring and summer months. These crimes are often being committed by career criminals specializing in ruse entries and home repair fraud. The Glen Ellyn Police Department cautions residents to be wary of unsolicited persons requesting to inspect your water, electricity or trees. The individuals committing these crimes frequently target the elderly community. Please talk with your loved ones and neighbors about this crime trend.

These ploys often begin with the offenders creating an excuse to enter the victim's home. They will enter the home using the ploy of checking something (water pressure, fuses, pipes) while one offender keeps the homeowner occupied, one or more additional offenders enter the home undetected and commit a burglary.

The Glen Ellyn Police Department urges residents to be observant of their surroundings and report suspicious persons or activities when they are occurring. If you are approached by someone purporting to be a worker needing to enter your house, do not let them in without first contacting the utility company, Village or the police. By requesting identification from the worker you may prevent yourself from becoming a victim by showing the offender that you are alert to the possibility that they are not who they claim to be.

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