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SPD Cautions against Suspicious Calls, Home Visits That May Lead to Burglaries, Robberies

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Police Department is warning citizens of suspicious phone calls and unannounced visits from unverified service providers that can later lead to residential robberies or burglaries.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Police Department is warning citizens of suspicious phone calls and unannounced visits from unverified service providers that can later lead to residential robberies or burglaries.

According to Springfield Police spokeswoman Lisa Cox, the department took a report Wednesday from a citizen who received a suspicious phone call. The caller said that, due to an increase in home invasions in the area based on the Uniform Crime Report, their company is offering free home security systems. The offer includes installation which would require five hours of total access to the residence.

When the citizen asked for a business name and phone number, the caller declined to provide the information.

When the citizen attempted to call the number back by using caller ID, it was not a working number.

Cox says this type of activity has been known to be related to later residential robberies or burglaries.

Citizens should be skeptical of cold calls or unannounced home visits from people who are claiming be a service provider.

The elderly are often a target for these types of criminals, according to Cox.

The police department cautions citizens to never rush into a decision about a service, insist on attaining business information, and do not provide any personal information or details about times and days that you will be away from your home.

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