Gardena Police Warn of Phony Security Checks

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CITY NEWS SERVICE

GARDENA — Gardena police on Wednesday warned residents about people going door-to-door, offering security checks to prevent break-ins.

Gardena police Lt. Steve Prendergast said two men and a woman reported Tuesday night could have been checking to see if anyone was home, a tactic used by “knock-knock” burglars.

The suspects wore hats and shirts emblazoned with “Community Enforcement,” he said. One person reported the suspects trying to get into his or her home to do a security check.

When someone told the suspects they were being videotaped, they left the area, Prendergast said.

Prendergast said anyone conducting door-to-door business in Gardena needs a city business license. The men were described as black and in their 20s, one heavyset and the other thin. The woman, believed to be about 40, was white, thin and about 5 feet 1 inch tall, police said.

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