Palm Beach Police Department Issues Warning Regarding Distraction Thefts

Town of Palm Beach Police News Release  |  Public Safety  |  October 30, 2018

On 10/28/2017, two males posing as a Florida Power & Light contractors knocked on the back door of a resident’s home asking to see the property and make repairs to the water system.

This is a common practice for criminals to try and gain your trust to let them in or around your property. They will lie to the homeowner posing as a worker for a lawn care company, surveyor, contractor or salesman in the attempt to distract you long enough for another suspect to gain entry.

If an individual knocks on your door or offers you services that you did not inquire about, do not let them in or go anywhere with them. Even if they show you credentials or say it is an emergency, do not let them in! Please contact your local police department or government agency to confirm the legitimacy of the business.

Anyone with information regarding the above incident or similar occurrences, please contact the Palm Beach Police Department at 561.838.5454.

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