Put simply, the possible burglar will knock on the victim’s front door. If no one answers, the burglar (or burglars) will look for a way in the house. If someone does answer, the burglar will say they are looking for a friend and leave.
I bring this up because an incident occurred in Robla last week involving two people knocking on doors. Neighbors noticed this and contacted police. When the officer attempted to contact the individuals knocking on the doors, they ran dropping property along the way. Both were eventually caught.
These individuals used this technique; they knocked on the door and when no one answered, they broke into a side window. Thankfully, the neighbors in the area noticed the suspicious activity and notified police.
Captain Daniel Hahn sent out a message earlier this year regarding this new trend:
Remember, when someone knocks on your door to make sure they know you are home. Don’t open the door if you don’t know them….but let them know you are home. Most burglars will say they are looking for a friend and leave. They don’t want to break into your house if you are home. Let them know you are home and call the police to report suspicious activity!!
Let’s be sure to keep an eye out for this, and notify police if it occurs to you.
If anyone has experienced this, we’d love to hear about how you’ve handled it.