Police & Fire

WPPD: Beware of Suspicious Repair People

Daniel Schaefer was sworn in to the Woodland Park Police Department at its March 1 meeting. Credits: Tina Pappas

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. - Woodland Park Police warn residents after a suspicious incident was reported today of a woman claiming to have a plumbing issue. 

Last week two men were apprehended after similar incidents happened in Nutley. The men posed as utility workers who claimed they too were having water issues and needed to see the water meter in the basement. While the homeowner took the utility worker to the basement, another suspect burglarized the home.

WPPD received a report of a woman knocking on the door of several residences claiming to be a neighbor. The woman was described as a white female, long brown hair tied back, wearing dirty clothing. She told residents that she had a plumbing issue and needed to be let in to discuss the issue. The woman, after being denied entry, left in a gray/silver Nissan driven by an unidentified male.

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The WPPD reminds residents to "not let unfamiliar people in your residence and notify our department of anything suspicious. Solicitors from outside agencies such as Cable, Alarm Companies are always advised to notify our department before going door to door, and will always have identification".

If this woman also came to your house, or to report anything suspicious, Woodland Park Police Department 973 345 8111.

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