Ruse burglaries are those in which an offender distracts their victim in order to commit theft. These are often committed in pairs where one offender will distract the victim while the other enters the victim's home. Offenders may claim to be from utility companies checking water or electrical lines, contractors offering sealant or blacktop work, or village employees with concerns for the home's property lines or safety.
Protect yourself with these reminders:
- Require that workers show identification prior to allowing them into the house or on your property.
- If you choose to speak with a solicitor or utility worker, never leave your front door unlocked or unattended.
- If someone comes to your house asking for help, tell them you will call the police for them.
- Keep an extra watch on elderly neighbors and family.
- Educate your relatives and neighbors about ruse burglaries.
- Immediately report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1. If possible, try to obtain the vehicle license plate, color, make/model, and offender description.
- For more tips, reference the Lake County Sheriff Ruse Burglaries Sheet