Polk Sheriffs Office Warns Residents Of Distraction Burglaries

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of numerous reports received on Distraction Burglaries throughout our area and ask you share this information with family and friends.

Distraction Burglaries involve fake service providers who arrive unexpectedly to your front door to provide you a service. These folks will pose as tree-trimmers, roofers, landscapers, driveway pavers, salespersons or even claim to be from the utility company all to lure elderly victims outside of their homes to discuss fabricated offers. Once outside, their accomplices sneak inside your residence unnoticed, to steal your valuables. They are skilled pitchmen who often utilize a walkie-talkie or cellular phone to stay in contact with each other. They may also have ID’s badges and business cards in an attempt to legitimize their scam. Should you encounter a suspicious person attempting to solicit unwanted services at your home, we urged you to contact law enforcement immediately! Call Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200Call: 863-298-6200, if you feel uncomfortable with a stranger at your front door offering services you do not want. Call us to check it out for you. However, if you feel threatened or scared, call 9-1-1. Homeowners are not obliged to invite solicitors inside their residents or to leave their home