On January 7, 2013 on the 600 block of South Bundy Drive two criminals victimized a homeowner in the afternoon 3:00pm – 4:00 pm. Suspect 1, posing as a DWP worker, distracted victim while 2nd unobserved suspect removed cash and silverware from the residence.
Suspect 1: White male, brown hair, unknown eye color, 5’ 7â€ , 175 lbs., approx. 40 years of age, wearing a blue work uniform. Suspect had acne.
So what can you do to protect yourself from the â€˜distraction burglar?’ LAPD has some tips:
Just because they are rap, tap, tapping on your door, doesn’t mean you have to answer:
If you’re not sure who the person is behind your door, don’t open it! No one said you’re obligated to open the door. If in doubt do keep them out, particularly if you’re on your own. Ask them to make an appointment or come back later when someone is around.
If the â€œconâ€ is so convincing, call a neighbor or friend nearby to come along and check the perimeter of your home, or check on the visitor before opening your door.
If you are successfully lured outside of your home, make sure to lock the door behind you. Most importantly, make sure all entryways leading into your home are locked as well. This includes doors, windows, and the garage.
And Always Remember to:
Keep your doors and windows locked, even when you are at home.
Are you expecting anyone, do they have an appointment? Make sure the back door is locked as some thieves sneak in the back while you open the door.
Put the door bar or chain on before you open the door and use a door viewer or entry system to identify your caller.
Check the identity of your caller carefully. Ask for an ID card before letting them in, check their identity using the phone number from the phone book or a relevant bill, not the one on the card.
If you’re unsure about the nature of said knocker’s visit, DON’T OPEN THE DOOR! Genuine callers won’t mind.
If you are suspicious, report the incident to the police. You may stop someone else being burgled.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS, AND DEMAND ANSWERS.
Distraction burglars rely on your trust and your desire not to offend anyone — even strangers who mean you harm.
The distraction burglary can bring an overwhelming result.
Victims can lose their peace of mind and confidence, not to mention valuables and possessions.
You do not offend anyone who is acting in a legitimate, professional capacity when you take any and all measures to protect your peace of mind — and that of your family’s — when you listen to your gut and question who is rap, tap, tapping at your door.
Be wary every time you open the door, and most importantly, be safe!