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Germantown residents: bogus alarm system sales reps targeting homes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Neighbors in one Louisville community say people posing as door to door salesmen have been targeting their homes.

Now police are warning the public to take precautions and what to look out for.

One red flag could be suspicious questions. The kind of questions Karen Greenia told us people posing as security system sales reps were asking her.

"They asked me if I was ever gone from my home and how many hours a day is my house unguarded," Greenia said. "I said, 'it's never unguarded, I'm always home.' I said, 'I don't need no help from you.'"

Greenia says that chance encounter with a person posing as a home security salesman may have saved her from becoming a burglary victim, because a few days later, her neighbor's home was robbed.

"They robbed them, they took valuables, laptops and personal possessions, and she never could figure out who did it," Greenia said.

Several residents in the Germantown and Schnitzelburg community have related similar stories on Facebook. In most cases, they believe thieves pretending to be selling home security systems are targeted their homes after quizzing them on their habits under the guise of making a sale.

Residents are keeping each other informed on social media sites like Facebook.

One Facebook post described suspicious activity: "They were on Reasor two weeks ago, Friday and Saturday, driving an older white Tahoe with aftermarket wheels and Nevada plates, I think."

Another post described the way the potential burglars behaved: "Very pushy, tried to grab the handle to our door and walk in as my husband pushed him away."

A third person tagged a photo of people suspected in the break-ins -- but we're not showing that because that person has not been charged.

LMPD investigators acknowledge that they have had a slight uptick in burglaries in the Germantown neighborhood, but they're just now hearing about these tactics.

In any case, police say they're poised to take action.

"We are not turning a blind eye to this stuff," said . "Anything that's brought to our attention will get the full weight of our investigative skills and we will look into the bottom of each and every one of these instances.

In the meantime officers are telling neighbors to go with their gut and keep looking for suspicious behavior.  

LMPD Sgt. John Hagendorn says make sure the person at your door can prove who they say they are.

"The thing about the door to door salesmen is if you can't verify who they are with an ID badge or a number to call to verify who they are ... then you don't let them in your house, ever."

Following that advice may have kept Greenia from becoming a victim.

If you suspect suspicious activity in your neighborhood, police want you to let them know about it on their non-emergency line at 502-574-7111. Phones are answered 24 hours a day.

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