A new trend is on the rise in Alhambra crime: theft that involves one burglar distracting the homeowner while the second or third looks through their house for valuables.
The Alhambra Police Department reports that burglars have approached Alhambra residents claiming to be city employees who need to inspect their homes for foundation conditions, an effort they say was set forth after the Japan earthquake. They also claim to be judges for a city beautification program. Burglars are targeting the elderly in particular, according to police reports.
Authorities advise residents to be wary of visitors, stating that anyone working for the city should always be wearing a uniform and name tag and recommending that residents contact the police department to confirm inspections.