Arvada, Colorado – It's spring, and the warmer weather often brings with it travelers and gypsies who are committing home repair scams and burglaries.
These scam artists often go door-to-door asking to do home repairs and or tree/lawn care. The work they do is often shoddy and/or left unfinished.
When it comes to letting someone into your home for repairs, be wary and do your homework. The Arvada Police recommend:
- Ask trusted friends and neighbors if they recommend anyone.
- Contact the Better Business Bureau and the local chamber of commerce for business recommendations and to inquire if the business has any complaints.
- Ask for references. Legitimate businesses will gladly give you the name of previous customers whom you can (and should) call regarding their services.
- NEVER pay in full up-front.
- Be cautious of solicitors. Distraction burglaries are a common tactic of these people. One person will distract the resident at the front door while a second person will go through a back door and steal purses/wallets.
“It is far easier to prevent these types of crimes than it is to try and track down these criminals, who are quickly in and out of our state,” said Deputy Chief Creager. “By letting our neighbors know what to look for and how to protect themselves, we hope to stop these guys before they even get started.”
About Arvada Police
The Arvada Police department, established in 1945, was the first agency in Colorado to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Arvada boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the metro area. Over 230 employees serve more than 100,000 residents and businesses and are committed to the principles of responsibility, dedication and respect. Learn more by visiting www.arvadapd.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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