East Peoria Warns of Home Repair Scam

Published 08/20 2014 04:20PM

Updated 08/20 2014 10:45PM

EAST PEORIA – The East Peoria Police Department is advising residents to be aware of a potential repair scam involving driveway sealcoating and tree trimming.
The police have received information that a group of people from the Chicago area are in East Peoria soliciting residents for driveway sealcoating and possibly tree trimming services. The services are often not completed or poorly done. In addition, they sometimes serve as distractions so other members of the group can commit burglaries at the same time. The group most often targets elderly citizens.
Residents are advised to be extra vigilant in their neighborhoods and to contact the East Peoria Police Department at 698-4700 or the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department at 478-5600 if they are solicited for home repair work, particularly driveway sealcoating. Those who have elderly family members or neighbors are asked to speak to them about these solicitors and to report any suspicious activities in their neighborhoods.

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