LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Livingston Police Department has released information about the recent robbery of an elderly resident. The victim allowed the suspect into her home because he claimed to be a water department employee checking for low water pressure in the area. He did not show any form of identification.
“Be careful,” cautioned Mayor Michael M. Silverman. “We don’t like to think about it, but there are people out there who want to take advantage of others. If you don’t know the person, and you don’t know if they really are who they say they are, don’t let them in.”
“Not only that,” said the Mayor, “once you let someone into your house, keep half of an eye on them.
According to a press release from the Township, thieves often claim to be utility company employees to gain access to homes. Do not allow anyone into your home without valid identification. If you have any question about their identity or whether they are legitimate, call the police right away at 973-992-3000.
Mayor Silverman wants to remind residents of the following home safety tips:
- All Township, utility, cable and repair company employees and any others who ask to enter your home with that type of reason, have an official form of identification. Ask for it. If they give any excuse for not having it, or if you’re not satisfied with it, don’t let them in; close the door and call the police immediately.
- Don’t allow strangers into your home, even if they’re hurt or say they need help. Keep the door locked and call the police for them.
- Don’t advertise that you live alone.
- Don't be afraid to call the police to investigate suspicious circumstances, unusual people or strange noises. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- If you move into a new home, change the locks.
- Keep your curtains or shades closed at night.
- Don't leave notes on your door saying you’re out or when you’ll be home.
- Keep your outdoor lights on at night. If you can put them on a regular timer, do it.
- Keep an indoor light on a timer, even when you’re home. That way it’s consistent, whether or not you’re there.
- Never give information to an unknown caller. Banks or businesses claiming to be calling about your account will already have your information and should never ask you for it. Report nuisance calls to the police and the telephone company.
- Keep your doors and windows locked. If you leave a window open for air circulation, keep the screen locked and use a window lock, if you have one, to prevent the window from opening more than a few inches. Make sure you close it again before you leave.
- If you arrive home and your door is open or things appear to be out of place, don't go into your home. Leave and call the police immediately.
Editor’s Note: In addition to this crime above, there is another popular scam hitting the suburbs lately.
Recently, the North Caldwell Police issued an Advisory for the public about alleged phone scams involving family members.
According to the Police, callers claim that a relative of the person who they are trying to scam has been taken hostage. Then the caller then demands money for the release of the relative, unharmed.
In some incidents, the callers claim that the hostage damaged their vehicle in a crash and refused to provide insurance information. The callers then demand money to repair their vehicles before the hostage is released.
Sometimes the caller claims the hostage is being held at gunpoint.
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