Watch Out for “Break-in” Callers
The Chatham-Kent Police Service has recently investigated several break and enters into residential properties in Chatham and have discovered a pattern.
Police now believe that the suspects may be using cell phones to determine whether or not someone is home at the house they are targeting.
Police say the suspects have made more than 2000 calls to various homes in Chatham and repeatedly call residences when no one picks up to ensure that no one is home.
The calls are more frequently made between 8PM and 3AM.
The accounts are linked to fake names or to people who have had their identity stolen.
The calls will appear on your display as a private name, private number, or blocked number.
Here are some tips that the Chatham-Kent Police Service have to make it look like someone is home:
- Use timers on your lights, stereos and television. The lights and noise will give the impression that someone is home.
- Leave a car in the driveway. If you’re leaving for more than a day, ask your neighbor to move your car periodically.
- Turn down the ringer on your telephone and do not change your phone message to say you are away.
- Turn off your computer and disconnect if from the internet.
- Make sure to tell your neighbors that you’re going away and ask them to report any suspicious activity to police.
- Before leaving, do a complete check of your home to ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked.
Four (4) numbers have been identified so far and all are pre-paid accounts. The numbers are being released in the hopes that members of the public will come forward with information. The numbers are:
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 TIPS.