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Tips on Preventing Ruse Burglaries

The Village of Palos Park offers useful tips to help residents avoid ruse burglars.

Help Us, Help You Prevent A Ruse Burglary!

This type of crime can be prevented by following thesesafety tips:

  • Never allow any inspectors or workers access to your home until youhave confirmed their identity and reason for being at your home.
  • Village of Public Works and Water Department Personnelwill not come to a house unannounced. Do not allow them access toyour home and immediately contact the Palos Park Police by dialing 9-1-1.
  • Public utilities will not show up to your home unannounced toconduct an inspection that you did not request. If someone appearsat your door purporting to be from a public utility that you did not call,immediately contact the Palos Park Police by dialing 9-1-1.
  • If a contractor or someone purporting to be from a public utilityrequests that you accompany them to inspect something aroundyour home, refuse and immediately contact the Palos Park PoliceDepartment by dialing 9-1-1.
  • Ask for identification whenever someone you did not contact showsup at your door.
  • From inside your home, attempt to obtain a description of the vehiclethat they are using so you can report it to the police.
  • Contact the Palos Park Police by dialing 9-1-1, if there is a suspiciousperson around your home or property.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you observe suspicious activity around aneighbor's home, contact the Palos Park Police Department at 708 4482191 or simply call 911

From: 

Nicole Milovich-Walters, Commissioner Public Works, Streets and Recreation

Dan Polk, Police Commissioner

Green Hills Public Library July 09, 2012 at 09:01 PM
The Green Hills Public Library District teamed up with Hickory Hills Police Department to send a message about recent burglaries in the area. Check out the video on the Library's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZG7eh0NfJI
Dan Lambert (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Awesome. Thanks for reminding me of this. You guys did a great job on this one!

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