Every year, residents throughout our area fall victim to crimes committed by offenders who use a ruse to distract homeowners while inside their home OR to trick the homeowner into stepping outside. While the homeowner is distracted a second offender quietly enters the home and commits a burglary or theft. Primary targets are elderly owners of single-family or townhomes; however, anyone can fall victim to a scam. Past scams have included:
Often, the offender was talking on a two-way radio or cell phone in a language other than English, most likely with an accomplice. While the homeowner is distracted the accomplice will enter the home and steal cash, jewelry, or other accessible items. In many cases, the homeowners don't realize a theft has occurred until hours or days later.
You should be suspicious of strangers that arrive uninvited to your property - especially if they ask for any of the above-listed items. As a minimum, you can ask for identification and a phone number that can be called for verification. Most importantly, NEVER hesitate to call 911 if you believe a person is suspicious. We would rather respond to 100 false incidents than have someone fail to call and fall victim to a crime.
The Glenview Post Office is warning customers about scam emails being sent claiming to be from the United States Postal Service. A label with fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery contains a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from the computer.
Glenview residents have also been filing reports with Glenview Police about suspicious phone calls, home visits and emails. Most recently, they include:
Always be suspicious of strangers who arrive uninvited to your property or communications that seek personal information or money. Ask for identification and a phone number and then call them for verification BEFORE YOU LET THEM IN YOUR HOME or give them personal information. Also, never click on a link in an email sent to you unless you know the sender and the link doesn't look suspicious.
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A number of car burglaries reported recently around the North Shore area may be the work of the so-called "Felony Lane Gang," so named because of the offenders' tendency to pass stolen and forged checks from the drive-through lane furthest from a bank building to avoid being identified. The checks and ID cards are often taken from women's purses or other valuables grabbed after they smash the window of a car.
Targeted areas in Glenview include parks and recreational areas, such a Flick Park and Gallery Park, which have sports courts and trails, according to Glenview Police. The Glenview Police Department offers these tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of car burglary:
Chief Dennis McEnerney also asks you to drive with caution and to read these docs about traffic safety:
If you have questions or comments about any Police matter, Chief McEnerney can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org