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How Diversion Burglaries Work

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Glen Rock NJ, Glen Rock police discuss how diversion burglaries work and whats residents should watch out for.

Last year the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warning to residents following a rise in diversion burglaries.

The prosecutor’s office said residents should be careful who they allow on their property, with thieves more frequently posing as utility workers. Officials said more than a dozen diversion burglaries have been reported in the county in the past few weeks.

In most of the scenarios, a thief impersonating a utility worker distracts the homeowners while an accomplice enters the home to take what he can.

This WMBC-TV news video spells out the details .

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Reports of an “Extermination Company” Making the Rounds in Ridgewood

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June 7,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood blog pulled this off the Ridgewood Moms and Dads page on Facebook , we thought it was important ; “I wanted to give everyone a heads up about something that happened to me today that I think everyone should be aware of. I live on Bogert Avenue between Ponfield and Glen Avenues. A young man came to my door early afternoon, and I believe he had short blonde or dirty blonde hair with piercing blue eyes and he was very lean who was from an extermination company. I believe it’s called Aptiva which was on his gray polo shirt. He was giving me a very hard sell and would not give me a card or brochure and was trying to pressure me to sign up for a service when I already have a service and we had just gotten our grounds sprayed and I told him that. He kept telling me that certain neighbors whose names I had never heard of before were customers already. And his schedule was filling up. I saw no truck in the vicinity, so he was parked somewhere else. And I just have a bad feeling because of how hard he pressed. I’m sorry I didn’t call the police immediately but when I went out shortly I didn’t see him anywhere so I don’t know where he went after me. Just thought everyone should be aware of this guy. He didn’t have a clipboard either, he just had an iPad.”

Several other posters commented that the same thing had happened at their home.  We do not know if he is real or not or this is a diversion tactic to case your home . We suggest playing it safe and handle with care by calling the Ridgewood Police (201) 652-3900. Don’t make yourself a victim .

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The Glen Rock Police Department will be presenting a scam and fraud workshop on Wednesday May 23rd at 7:00pm

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May 16,2018

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Glen Rock NJ, The Glen Rock Police Department will be presenting a scam and fraud workshop on Wednesday May 23rd at 7:00pm.

On Wednesday May 23rd, 2018 at 7pm in Borough Hall Council Chambers, Glen Rock Police Department’s, Detective James Calaski will present Residents with information on:
Grandparent Scams
Craigslist/eBay/Online Postings
Diversion Burglaries
Fake Lotteries
Utility Scams
And More

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Ridgewood Police Tell Residents to be aware of “diversion burglaries”

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March 17,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Police Department reminds all residents to be aware of “diversion burglaries” as many of our surrounding towns have seen an increase in these. A diversion burglary is when someone posing as a utility worker or chimney inspector or repairer comes to your door and while you are distracted speaking with them or when they request you take them to a distant part of the home, an accomplice enters and burglarizes your home.

If anyone comes to your door that you are not expecting, please verify who they are before allowing them access into your residence and maintain proper safety at home with your doors and windows locked, even while you are home. If you do not believe the person is who they say they are or they are unable to show you proper credentials, deny them access to your home and call the police department.