Concerning safety at your homes

Dear All,

I have received the following information from our IMPD Northwest District. Please help them spread the word by sharing it with your friends, neighbors, and family members.


Janice McHenry
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Subject: Safety Information Regarding Burglaries
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 22:39:20 +0000
From: Waterman, David <>
Good evening!


We have been given some information that we would like to share with all of you concerning safety at your homes and the homes of loved ones. There has been a string of burglaries in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas involving a ruse. Below is the information that was provided to us by a detective working on these incidents:


***The suspects target residences with elderly victims and use a ruse of either posing as tree trimmers or water company. The suspects attempt to enter the victim’s home and while one suspect distracts the victims another suspect steals items. Or they try to get the victims outside to discuss tree work and another suspect enters the home and steals items while they are outside. The suspects are typically looking for cash and jewelry.***


Please share this information with friends, neighbors, and family members so they can stay hypervigilant. My best advice is to call 911 to report a suspicious person or activity in your neighborhood. Also, always keep a locked door between you and a stranger. Remember, you are not under any obligation to open the door for a stranger just because they knock. If you wish to speak to them through a closed door you can simply tell them you are not interested, and if they refuse to leave just call 911 to report that a person is refusing to leave your property. This information was not sent with the intent to bring worry or alarm to any of you. We just want to provide you all with as much information that we can to keep you safe while still maintaining the integrity of the investigation.



Kind regards,


Officer David Waterman

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.

Northwest District / Community Resource Unit F471

3821 Industrial Boulevard

Indianapolis, IN 46254



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