Police urge seniors to be cautious after ruse burglary in Orland Park
SUN-TIMES MEDIA January 29, 2013 5:10PM
Updated: March 2, 2013 7:19AM
Authorities are urging Cook County seniors to exercise caution when strangers come to their door after a recent report of a “ruse” burglary in Orland Park.
Ruse burglars — who often prey upon the elderly — are known to present themselves in convincing ways, sometime dressing as utility workers, village workers or repairmen.
On Jan. 25, a 75-year-old woman had jewelry stolen from her after she allowed a man claiming to be a ComEd electrician into her home, according to a press release from the Cook County sheriff’s office.
In a ruse burglary, an individual often will knock on the front door of a home to distract a resident while another person enters the home through another door or window to steal valuables, the release said.
Senior citizens should be cautious when someone comes to their door claiming to be a worker and has no proper identification, according to the release.
The sheriff’s office advised senior citizens to take the following steps:
◆ Before opening the door, ask for a worker’s identification.
◆ Ask who the person’s employer is and call that company to verify the person has a legitimate business before allowing that person inside.
◆ Verify with the city or government if the person claims to be with a local government.
◆ Note the model, license plate number and color, if the person has a vehicle.
◆ Call 911 if anyone knocking on your door is suspicious.