Frankfort residents—especially seniors—are being warned to be on the lookout for "ruse burglaries," thefts where victims are led outside their homes while others burglarize the residence, according to a release.
Area police departments, including Frankfort, have been receiving reports of ruse burglaries. The following are tips from Frankfort Police that people can follow to avoid becoming victims:
- Be aware of anyone coming to your door or approaching you for unsolicited business. Always keep the storm door locked.
- When outside gardening, carry a house key in your pocket and keep the doors to the home locked. Have a cell phone handy to call 911 in case suspicious people approach you.
- Take note of any suspicious vehicles in the area—cars, vans, trucks—particularly those with missing front and/or rear license plates or in bad condition with identifying business markings on the sides.
- Request identification from anyone who approaches and tell them you will verify any work conducted in the area with the police.
- Keep jewelry, cash and other valuables in a safe place, preferably a bank safety deposit box.
- Ruse burglars are usually non-violent, but don’t confront them. If they’re inside your house, get to a phone and call 911. You don’t have to speak to the operator, just leave the phone off the hook.
- Most ruse burglars are only in the house for five minutes or less. If you can’t get to a phone, try to get a license plate number and note the direction the offenders leave in. Call 911 immediately after they leave so police have a better chance of catching them.