Monday, April 16, 2012

"Water Company...Can I Come In?"

We have received several reports of distraction burglaries, or attempted burglaries, occur in the last month throughout the City of Arcadia.  This type of residential burglary is not unique to Arcadia and has been reported throughout the San Gabriel Valley to other police agencies.  However, it is always good to remind our community about these crimes in order to increase awareness and help prevent them from occurring in the future.

These distraction burglaries are usually committed during daytime hours and the victims are older in age.  The primary suspect will contact the victim either outside in the yard, or at the door.  The suspect will state they are from entities such as the water company, a construction company, or perhaps even the City.  Many times, the suspect will say they need to check on water faucets and ask to enter the home, hoping to gain the trust and cooperation of the victim.  Once inside, the suspect will distract the victim and take items themselves, or perhaps have an accomplice enter the home to commit the crime.

Anytime someone approaches you or comes to your residence, obtain identification and confirm their identity.  There are times when a City employee, gas, electric, telephone, water, or other service worker may require entrance to your exterior property.

Legitimate service workers should be in some form of uniform, have identification, and most likely, a clearly marked company vehicle.  Unless you placed the service call, do not allow anyone access to your home.  If the person is suspicious or uncooperative, immediately call the police or dial 9-1-1.  Our dispatchers can be reached at (626) 574-5123.

If you have older neighbors, friends, or relatives, please share this information with them and help increase their awareness to this type of crime.

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