Crime Prevention Tips:
The Douglas County Sheriffs Office is taking a proactive approach in alerting its citizens to certain crime trends that have occurred throughout the county in recent years. Unfortunately, this is the time when these types of crimes are known to occur. Suspects, posing as legitimate workers, approach elderly homeowners at their residence with the intent of gaining entry under a seemingly legitimate role: local gas company, water department, cable company, tree trimmers, pavers, county inspectors, or government officials. One suspect will distract the homeowner while a second suspect will enter the home and search inside for valuables and cash. Be particularly alert to anyone in your neighborhood looking to perform home repairs, or asking to gain entry into your home. Be sure to ask to see identification and let them know you are going to call and get authorization from their company before allowing them access. If they are legitimate, they won’t mind the wait.
Avoid Home-Improvement Scams
Warmer weather signals the unpleasant (burglars and con artists). Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies are alerting residents to take precautions to safeguard their homes and property against these unwelcome visitors. To prevent the chances of being victimized, residents are urged to observe the following precautions:
Keep doors and windows locked - even if you will be out for only a short time.
Request identification from utility representatives. Only rarely will legitimate home improvement companies solicit door-to-door. They usually distribute fliers or make phone calls - it’s more cost effective for them.
Never pay in cash. Using a check keeps a record of the transaction and often provides identification of the person cashing the check.
Beware of excuses such as “We just finished a job around the corner and had extra materials that we could offer you at a discounted price.” Professional companies do not operate in that manner.
Call police immediately if you notice someone unfamiliar to the neighborhood or acting suspiciously.
Garages: Lock It or Lose it!
The Sheriff wants to remind residents to lock their garages. Officials say the best deterrent to keep thieves from stealing your property is a lock and key. Don’t assume you are safe from these unwanted people just because you are at home. Oftentimes, burglars watch and wait to see where you are and what you are doing. Garages are often left open and unattended as we do yard work or other outdoor activities. The thief is counting on us to become lax in our security. And, if you leave your garage door open at night it signals an open invitation to the would be thief.
To avoid losing valuables, remember to close and lock doors to your garage, shed and home. Make life difficult for a burglar, use locks and keys to protect your property. If you see a suspicious person or notice an unusual situation around your house or that of a neighbor, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.