Lansing Neighborhood Beating Holiday Scams With "Trusty Teen" List

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- Recent break-ins have a local neighborhood making a list and checking it twice.

It's not uncommon for people to try to take advantage of others generosity during the holiday's, and Lansing's Moores Park Neighborhood has seen it's share of neighbors victimized.

This year a couple homes were approached by teens pretending to do yard work, only to rob them later on. With shoveling season around the corner, the neighborhood association is determined not about to let something like that happen again.

"Neighbors need to be suspect of anyone that comes to their home," said Paul Johns, Moores Park Neighborhood Assoc. Admin.

To ensure neighbors that teens offering help are legitimate, the Moores Park Neighborhood Association has decided to make a list of "trustworthy teens".

"There are you citizens that want to help out and creating a list is a good idea," said Johns.

Many of the neighbors are on board.

"It's good just because my mom's disabled and she lives here by herself. It's nice to know; peace of mind," said neighbor Dawna Robison.

"I'm not the one that's going to fall for it and let them play me for dumb. In the neighborhood we all look out for each other," said neighbor Carmela Ruiz.

Ruiz say's she'll gladly add her granddaughters to the list.

"I have three granddaughters in their teens. I would recommend them to somebody else," said Ruiz.

Any neighborhood can make a "trusty teen" list, and law enforcement hopes it catches on.

"Making a list of who is willing to do work I think is fantastic," said Officer Robert Merritt with Lansing Police.

If you suspect anything call the police, but take note.

"When they're there for no good they usually leave quickly. So we ask you to get a good description of what they look like, as well as the direction they headed," said Merritt.

Having a list doesn't mean everyone who's not on it is a bad person, but being aware is key.

There will be a meeting Wednesday night for Moores Park Neighborhood at the Saint Casimir Church/School at 6:30. At the meeting families will have the opportunity to sign up their son or daughter.


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