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Posted on: June 13, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Scam Targets Elderly

The Elgin Police Department is alerting the community to a scam where residents – particularly elderly residents – are lured out of their homes by someone while another person enters the home and steals personal property.

“Someone will pull into a driveway and approach residents that are outside,” said Elgin Crime Prevention Specialist Cherie Aschenbrenner. “That person will inquire about possible interest in having yard work done and will distract a homeowner while another criminal enters the home to steal property.”

In other instances, Aschenbrenner said that in neighborhoods with homes up for sale, a person will approach a homeowner, introduce themselves as new neighbor and distract the homeowner by asking about a lot line while another person enters the home to steal property.

“The people particularly vulnerable are elderly residents,” said Aschenbrenner. “But everyone should be on guard and not become distracted when people approach you unsolicited.”

Aschenbrenner advises all residents to keep garage doors closed and doors locked at all times.

“If anyone you don’t know comes to your door or approaches you in your yard or garage asking to go somewhere else around your house, do not go with them,” said Aschenbrenner. “This should be a red flag and residents should call 911 immediately. Get a description of the vehicle or license plate, but never put yourself in danger.”

Aschenbrenner also recommends that anyone witnessing something suspicious to call police immediately.

For more information, contact Aschenbrenner at (847) 289-2626.

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