Allendale Police want to warn residents that area towns have been experiencing diversion burglaries.

Diversion burglaries are when someone posing as a utility employee, municipal worker or handyman comes to the front door and talks to someone or asks them to take them to another part of the property while an accomplice enters and burglarizes the home.

Residents should verify that they are speaking to a legitimate worker or utility employee before speaking with someone who comes to their door. Legitimate workers should have photo identification with them.

If appropriate, call 9-1-1 immediately.  Err on the side of caution and let the Allendale Police ensure that the visitor is who he or she purports to be.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Allendale Police at 201-825-1900.