Rahway Residents Warned About Theft Scam

RAHWAY – The Rahway Police Neighborhood Watch is  warning residents about a type of theft scam that has been occurring more often recently.

During the attempted thefts, a person will come to the house unannounced and claim that they need to get inside for some reason. Some justifications have included: there is a water leak in the area and the drinking water is contaminated, there is a gas leak in the area and the pipes in the basement need to be checked, or there was work done on the house outside to distract the homeowner, or trees outside need trimming.

The scheme’s main targets are the elderly. While the victim is distracted by the first person, one or more others will enter the residence and search for money or other valuables. All participants will then leave the residence. Most times, the robbers do not use violence to make entry into the residence, but police warn that no chances should be taken. The robbers work in teams of two or more.

Police advise:

  • If someone comes to your home that you do not know, or have not called, do not open the door! Call the police immediately, 9-1-1. The Rahway Police will respond and will interview the subjects and make sure they are at your residence for a legitimate purpose.
  • If anyone claims to be from any utility company, do not open the door. Request to see identification.

To learn more about the Rahway Neighborhood Watch Program, contact Detective William Eicholz at 1-732-827-2079 or weicholz@rahwaypolice.com

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