Last updated: December 02. 2013 10:09AM - 590 Views

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NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents that criminals might approach them at home and represent themselves as a service provider or government contractor.

“Their goal is to distract you while a cohort or they themselves sneak into your home and take valuables,” according to the sheriff’s office.

These type criminals will often dress the part. In a recent incident the criminal told the victim he was there to speak to victim about cutting trees off the right of way. He then had the victim walk away from the home. At some point, another person entered the home and stole personal items.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office advises residents that if someone comes to your home offering a service or making demands on behalf of the government, ask them to return and call that service provider to determine if it is legitimate or call 911. Be firm in denying them access regardless of their demands.

Traditionally Christmas is a time when property crimes and scams increase due to the availability of goods and the good nature of people during the holidays.

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