Recently several residents have reported a man and woman who have been knocking on doors in the Benton Park Neighborhood of St. Louis, near Cherokee Park. On a couple of occasions they started knocking on doors shortly before 9 a.m. and pounded on doors at several homes on one street. If someone answered the door, they claimed that they were looking for someone named "Amy." It's very suspicious that they would be looking for "Amy" on several occasions and at several different homes.
Police say this sounds like a classic technique used by burglars. They knock on your front door to see if anyone's home and if no one answers they try to bust in the front door or walk around to the back of the house and break a window. From their appearance and their suspicious actions, two homeowners thought this couple was up to no good and called 911. Their appearance in this neighborhood is a heads-up to others to be on alert for this kind of tactic.
Here are some important crime prevention tips:
1) If someone comes to your door that you don't recognize, police recommend you don't answer the door or at least talk to them through a locked door.
2) Also, they recommend that you be sure to have a good deadbolt.
3) And consider reinforcing your door frame to keep your home secure while you're away.
4) A security system is very helpful.
5) And a radio on a timer might cause crooks to think someone's home even if you don't answer the door.