Impersonators Targeting Northwest Side

November 02, 2011

Beware Chicago real estate residents: The police who come to your door unexpectedly may not be who they seem.

There have been three reports of police impersonators over the past week in Chicago’s Albany Park and Jefferson Park neighborhoods.

In each case, the men knocked on the doors of Chicago homes and flashed fake gold badges to the homeowners to get inside. Police say the suspects, who claimed to be undercover, were not dressed in police uniforms but instead baseball caps and black or gray sweatshirts.

chicago police badgeWhile it appears their motive is burglary, the suspects fled before nabbing anything when the homeowners called the real police.

What you can do to protect yourself:

*Be aware of this situation and alert your neighbors to be on the lookout.

*If a police officer comes to your door unexpectedly, ask to see ID. Chicago police officers are required to show their five-point star badges and city identifications upon request.

*Call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious people, vehicles or activity in your neighborhood. There are reports that the impersonators were driving a dark red SUV or a navy blue Town & Country van.

*If you have information about these recent impersonation incidents, call the Area 5 Detective Division at 312-746-8282.

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