There's no shortage of unscrupulous people who want to separate us from our hard earned cash or possessions. According to the Quad City Times the Davenport Police Department is warning residents about a home burglary scam taking place around the Quad Cities. In this scam, a team of people work together posing as home improvement or utility workers, and try to gain access to your home to commit a burglary.

According to the paper, here's some ways to prevent becoming a victim of this kind of crime:

  • Keep your doors and windows locked. Even when you're home.
  • When someone knocks at your door, look out a window and see who it is. Make sure the person sees you so they're aware you're home.
  • Don't open your door to someone you don't know. Don't give them the opportunity to push their way in. If you think it's a legit utility worker, you can call the utility company to check. Legit workers will wait and understand.
  • Don't be fooled by phony uniforms, work vests and ID's. If you didn't ask to have a utility check something, or seek out a company to work on your home ... Don't open your door to these people.
  • If you feel pressured by the person at your door, call 911. Don't give in and let them in.

If something seems off, there's a good chance it is. Listen to that gut feeling. Scammers that do this are convincing. The bad ones are already in jail. Stay vigilant.