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Crime Prevention Bulletin

There have been a number of reports of a “scam artist” or extortionist, roaming our neighborhood streets. The same man has reportedly been active in other areas of the city. He seems to favor approaching women who are alone, recites a “hard luck” story (none of which is true), and asks for money. He dresses nicely and carries a cell phone and brief case with him.

The Rochester Police Department reminds us of the following safety rules to discourage this type of encounter:

  1. Never let a stranger inside your home. Tell them you would be glad to call the police (911) for them and the office will be able to help them. If they do not want to speak with an officer, they are not in true need of assistance.
  2. Report suspicious activity to the police immediately. If you observe something that seems like criminal activity, call 911. If you are mistaken in your assessment of the situation, no harm is done by the police looking into it. On the other hand, if you are right, you just might prevent a crime or even help to apprehend a criminal.
  3. Trust your instincts. Whether you are at work, at home or engaged in your favorite pastime, you will usually know what people and actions seem “out of place” for the situation. If it feels “wrong” to you, it probably is! Get away from any potential danger immediately and call 911.
    Please help to keep our neighborhood a safe place for all to live, work and play.

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