With all the scam out there today, it is hard to keep with them. This new tactic that criminals are using just involves a rubber band.
A little rubber band can be the cause of a ton of trouble. It all began when a woman discovered a rubber band wrapped around the handle of her front door. She shared the post about her discovery…
“Two weeks ago during the day, a hard knock was at my front door, not a regular knock but almost pounding. (I honestly thought something may have happened to someone and they needed help) but something didn’t feel right…and I DO NOT answer the door when I am here by myself. After several knocks, they finally left. I glanced and could see it was a man through the stained glass of my front door. After about 30 minutes I walked outside to look for what I thought would be a brochure, but instead found a rubber band around my knob to hold the door open when I unlocked the latch.”
The homeowner then learned that this was not an isolated incident. The sheriff who responded to her call said that intruders have been using rubber bands to hold down door handles, which makes it easier for them to break into the home when the homeowner unlocks the door to answer it. It cuts down time in having to hold down the handle to open it.
This gives intruders the opportunity to take home owners by surprise and break in without giving them a chance to react. However, it doesn’t seem to work too well on doors that are accompanied by a glass door. Luckily, Cernigliaro was able to see that there was a man standing on her doorstep and she was smart enough to wait a while before stepping outside to investigate.
Authorities are now advising people to share this new information with everyone as it is a serious threat. One reason it has been popular in neighborhoods is because of how easy a strategy it is to pull off. it is quiet and the criminal can easily slip the rubber band over a door handle. There is a good chance that the criminal has done a little recon on the houses he/she chooses. Surely they are only putting the rubber bands on doors of houses that they know have a homeowner inside.
The best thing you can do in this situation is to stay in your home and call the police if you hear a strange knock. It’s better to be safe than sorry.