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Town of Palm Beach News Release

Posted on: October 3, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Palm Beach Police Advise to Be Aware for Distraction Thefts

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Palm Beach residents are advised to be on the alert for criminals who practice "distraction thefts." In these cases, someone will approach the resident at their home under the pretense of doing some work or providing some service at the residence. Then, while the resident is being distracted by the original person, another individual will enter the home to look for and steal objects of value, such as cash, jewelry and watches. Examples of distraction thefts include: A workman advising the resident of some problem outside or posing as an employee of a utility company, such as a problem with the water or emergency repair work. While the resident or household staff is engaged in conversation, another person enters the house to steal items. The victim may not immediately detect the loss of the stolen items.

The Police Department cautions residents and their household staff to be very cautious about individuals who come to the house uninvited should not to allow themselves to be distracted.  Legitimate workers should have some form of identification and frequently are wearing some type of uniform. Vehicles used by legitimate workers will normally have lettering on the sides indicating the name of the business.

If there is any doubt as to the legitimacy of someone coming to the home, residents are encouraged to call the Palm Beach Police Department at 838-5454. Officers will respond to assist the caller in identifying individuals and determining the true nature of their business with the resident. Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.

For questions or additional information, call the Crime Prevention Office at 561-838-5467. 

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