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Police Warn Residents About New Trick Criminals Are Using To Break In

Police are warning people to look out for little things that seem out of the ordinary as they could be hiding an even bigger meaning. For example, one woman found a rubber band on her front door handle. While most people would probably think nothing of it, this woman realized just how much danger the rubber band put her in.

The woman took to social media to share her story. The anonymous homeowner says that she was home alone when she heard a knock at the front door.

It wasn't just a simple knock, she said; it was almost pounding. This immediately sent up some red flags and put her on high alert.

The woman says she doesn't usually answer the door when she's home alone, but the urgent knocking made her think something might have happened and that someone might have needed help. Still, it didn't feel right, so she didn't open the door. She just peeked through the side window.

"I glanced and could see it was a man through the stained glass of my front door," she said.

She decided to let it go, and after several attempts, the man left.

"After about 30 minutes I walked outside to look for what I thought would be a brochure, but instead found a rubber band around my knob to hold the door open when I unlocked the latch,” the woman explained.

Police came and confirmed to the homeowner that she had been in danger. Her doorknob is not an actual knob that you turn, but the type that has the latch you would depress with your thumb to open it. The rubber band kept the door latch depressed so that if someone were to unlock it, the door could be pushed open immediately.

The police told the homeowner that intruders in the neighborhood had been using the tactic to take them by surprise and push their way inside. The homeowner wouldn't have time to react as the door flew open and a stranger burst through.

Police are warning people to exercise caution when strangers come calling and to report any rubber bands found on door latches.

Source: AWM
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