Chicago Police Alert Residents of Burglaries Targeting Seniors
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A team of thieves came up with an elaborate new plan to target seniors in north Chicago this month, the Chicago Police Department said in a notice to residents on Tuesday.
Two or three suspects will approach an elderly person and lure them out of their home posing as water workers, claiming their home or garage is damaged.
Once the victim is outside, other burglars will enter “the house and take handbags, jewelry and money.”
Four residents have been robbed since Dec. 15 in Chicago’s 20th and 24th districts. One incident happened on Christmas Eve and another happened on Boxing Day.
The suspects were described as two to three white or black males between the ages of 35 and 40.
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The Chicago Police Department recommends that residents install surveillance cameras, watch out for suspicious people and cars, call 911 if they suspect anything, and contact neighbors and community members.
Chicago has also faced a wave of commercial robberies in recent months.
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In Chicago’s 20th Borough, where some of the burglaries targeting the elderly took place, at least seven flights have taken place in companies over the past two months.
Burglaries are down 24% across Chicago this year from 2020, but thefts are up 21%, according to data from the Chicago Police Department.
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