I live in a nice area but we've been having home burglaries from people who don't live around here so this was sent by our police department today in my email about what to look for when you're seeing something suspicious happening. I talk to people through the door if I don't recognize them and/or I'm alone still but wow, the comment about the women going around pretending they lost a cat is sad that they are stooping to that level because most people are willing to help a lost pet/child and will answer the door for that. It's good to be prepared and alert, not paranoid. :thumb: P.S. We know someone who had their 3rd floor broken into after he left for work (in a "bad" area) and had a lot of his expensive and meaningful things taken so he had to learn the hard way to take photos and write down the serial numbers of your things, etc. -------------------------- Please remember when you see suspicious activity: 1. Call 911 immediately. Let the dispatcher know which city you’re in and what you’re reporting. Get a good description of what people are wearing, what direction they are traveling, what you saw, etc. If they are in a car, then a license plate (even if it’s only part of it) is extremely helpful. Stay calm and explain what you saw. For more tips on calling 911, click here. If you aren’t sure whether something is suspicious, call anyway—we’d much rather get a call and/or make a trip there and it be a false alarm than to have missed deterring more crime. We’ll help you decide if it’s suspicious. 2. Never put yourself in danger, or follow them, or let them know you are following them, and especially don’t tell them you are calling the police as they are walking away—this gives them a head start. Just concentrate on being a good witness. Observe and report. 3. Many residential burglaries occur by individuals knocking on the front door. If someone answers then they may ask for someone who they know doesn’t live there, pretend they accidentally knocked on the wrong door, try to sell something, etc. If nobody answers, then they will go to the side or back of the house and gain entry through unlocked doors or windows, and in some cases they will shatter them. Many times they will cut the screens to gain access to the windows, so be sure to keep them locked at all times if you aren’t home. If you don’t know the person knocking, talk to them through the door—that way they know somebody is home. One that has surfaced recently has been two females looking for a lost cat. They were in the south end of the city at least twice this week. If they knock on your door—politely tell them you haven’t seen it and then call 911 immediately. These people are usually not looking for confrontation, they are looking for empty homes. 4. If you’ re a victim, please call and report this immediately, even if nothing is stolen. Don’t enter your house if it looks as if someone has burglarized it, let us come and make sure it’s empty, gather any evidence, etc. 5. Most of the stolen property in these burglaries (similar in car prowls) consists of electronics and jewelry—video games, TVs, laptops, DVDs, anything they can sell for quick cash. 6. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to record information from all your valuables including serial numbers, make, model, etc. For jewelry—take pictures of the jewelry or of you wearing it. This allows us to link stolen property to specific burglaries and its rightful owner.