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Ruse Burglary and Safety Information

Post Date:04/22/2019 10:00 AM

This time of year, we traditionally see a rise in ruse burglaries. A ruse burglary is a type of burglary where the offender uses deception to gain the trust of the resident in an effort to distract or confuse them. During the distraction, the resident will leave the home unlocked and unoccupied to attend to some reported problem outside. Many times the distraction involves tree trimming, water main breaks, or some other issue that requires “immediate” attention.  During the distraction, another member of the burglary team will sneak into the home and commit a burglary, often taking small items such as jewelry or cash. Unfortunately, these offenders frequently target the elderly and occur while the resident is home

Additionally, always keep your garage and other doors locked even during the day. Often times, burglary crews will drive around town looking for victims to prey upon. If someone shows up at your home unannounced and reports an issue that requires your immediate attention and you feel this is suspicious, close and lock your door and call 9-1-1 immediately and uniformed police officer will respond and assess the situation.

We would like to remind you to report all and any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1. Also, we advise setting a reminder alarm on your smartphone or another device to do the #9PMRoutine:

1. Remove valuables from your vehicle
2. Lock your vehicle’s doors
3. Close your garage door
4. Lock exterior doors
5. Turn on exterior lights

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