Crime Prevention Alert

September 22, 2009

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has received information about a possible scam targeting senior citizens.

A concerned relative notified the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office that an elderly woman was returning to her car in the parking lot of a local grocery store. She was approached by a man offering to wash and detail her car and repair a small dent. The man was very persistent.

The woman agreed to have her car detailed. The man followed her home and took the car to an unknown location for detailing. When he returned the car, he advised her that she needed a sensor replaced on the car and offered to replace it. She agreed and was subsequently presented with a four thousand dollar ($4,000.00) invoice for the sensor repair. The man provided no other paperwork or documentation to verify the repair.

Some of the steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim include:

Do not hire work to be done through strangers who approach you in a parking lot. These people can be very assertive and convincing.

  • Do not allow strangers into your home.
  • Do not allow anyone to take your car.
  • Have your car serviced by a local business that you are familiar with.
  • When you have your car serviced, always remove your car keys from the ring and only give those keys to the service provider; not your entire ring of keys.
  • Report any suspicious contacts to your local law enforcement agency.

For further crime prevention tips go to and click on the "crime prevention" link under "helpful resources."