ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WJBK) - Thieves are prowling Allen Park neighborhoods in broad daylight, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Pick a place in the city and it's likely been targeted by break-ins. Recently, this new trend has gotten the attention of Allen Park Police, and they want to make sure everyone knows what to look for.
Police say the crimes are happening between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Here's what happens: someone walks down the street while a car follows behind. What they are doing is looking for a home to make their move.
Police say a thin white man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall who looks 'dirty' has been the one reportly watching to see cars pull out of driveways.
Ed Nicksich was almost a victim himself.
"They knock at one door, if you don't answer they go to the back," Nicksich said.
When they find their mark, they knock on the door. If you answer, police say they claim they're looking for someone or a lost dog. The crimes have people paying extra attention, which is exactly what police encourage.
One neighbor said she followed a suspicious car around the block and is even calling police if she's unsure.
"I try to keep an eye and see if they stop and see if they're looking at a certain house. So far, they've been lucky," Nicksich said.
Simple things like leaving lights, the TV, or even a news talk radio station on while you're gone for the day can often keep criminals from trying your home.
Police are also looking for a white Jeep with raised tires. Anyone with information should call the police.