July 22, 2018
Criminals posing as utility and landscaping contractors
A Landscape Ontario member recently shared an email from a security company located in Toronto about a new tactic being used by criminals who pose as landscapers.

The July 17, 2018 email from OBN Security & Investigative Consultants reads:

Good Morning All,
As always, we strive to keep you up-to-date on current crime trends throughout the city. At this time we would like to make you aware of a new method of disguise being used by criminals.
At several residences, we have seen people posing as utility or landscaping staff in order to gain access to a property to assess it for future theft.

The following steps should be taken to prevent any crimes:
  • Ensure work is only being completed at times that you have scheduled.
  • If staff claim it is an emergency situation, contact the company to verify their work.
  • If any situation does not seem right, do not hesitate to reach out to OBN Management staff and arrange for someone to attend your house.
If any situation causes you to feel your safety or the safety of your family is in jeopardy, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Thank you,
OBN Group of Companies

Landscape Ontario members are encouraged to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and to pass along the tips and information to property owners and clients.