With the recent severe weather and resulting property damage, Arvada Police are reminding residents to be wary of door-to-door home repairs. These crimes committed primarily against the elderly by traveling home repair services such as roofing, painting, and broken tree removal.
These criminals come to your home to do repairs, but ask for payment up front and never perform the services for which they are paid or perform substandard work. Additionally, they may use the opportunity to case a home for future break-ins as well as crimes of opportunity, grabbing anything of value they can easily take and conceal.
“With the warmer temperatures also coming, people are wanting to do home repairs,” said Sergeant Baros of the Arvada Police. “We want our neighbors to remember to be vigilant about anyone who comes to their home.”
While this is mostly a national crime trend, Arvada has seen a steady increase in these types of “swindle” crimes over the last five years.
Arvada Police recommend:
- Never let strangers into your home.
- If a service company comes to your door, ask to see their business license and ALWAYS ask for references.
- If you suspect someone is casing a neighborhood or looking for homes that are unoccupied, call the police non-emergency number at 720-898-6900.
“Crime prevention is a community effort and we look to citizens to help us in these efforts,” said Baros. “By making people aware, we help to mitigate their risk of becoming a victim.”
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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