Colorado Springs police warn of burglars posing as home repair workers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police are warning residents to be alert for burglars posing as home repair workers.

Police said between June 2015 and this month, 14 homes in Colorado Springs have been burglarized by people pretending to offer services like roof repair, driveway paving, fence repair, tree trimming, concrete work, utility work, and other home repairs. Similar burglaries have been reported in El Paso and Pueblo counties.

“Once you answer your door, they’ll send people throughout your yard to divert your attention to your yard while they’re taking things from your garage or what not,” said Sgt. Joel Kern, public information officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Police said there are usually two or more people involved in the scams, and they usually target elderly victims. The suspects choose a home and profile it before committing the crime. One suspect then lures the victim outside or into another room while the other suspect takes jewelry, cash, and other personal items.

“There’s absolutely no reason that someone should be coming into your home if they just show up at your doorstep wanting to sell you a service,” Kern said.

Police offered the following tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • If someone comes to your door offering a service, tell them you are not interested and end the conversation. If they persist, call the police. Get a description of the people and their vehicle.
  • If someone comes to your door claiming to need help, tell them you will call police for them.
  • If someone comes to your door and says they are from a utility company, call the utility company to verify.
  • If someone comes up to you while you’re outside, don’t let them walk around your property. This allows them to check for open doors while you’re distracted.
  • If you are burglarized, report it to police. Don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed that you were conned.

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