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"Knock Knock" burglaries on the rise in Tucson

Posted at 9:23 AM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 18:43:10-04

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is warning you about thieves posing as officers and deputies trying to rob your home. These "knock knock" burglaries are on the rise across the country and in Tucson.

Deputies say they've seen two invasions like this so far this year, and they 

The most recent "knock knock" burglary was a deadly shooting on the southwest side. Three suspects posed as law enforcement to get inside the home where one man was killed in a gunfight.

Deputy Cody Gress says it's important that you listen to how deputies approach your door:

"The main distinction is that these home invaders are going to be more aggressive, and they're not going to follow the same protocols that we as law enforcement officers are expected to follow when we are approaching a home and more importantly when we are planning on making an entry into a home," said Deputy Cody Gress of Pima County Sheriff's Department.

You can help ward off thieves by getting security cameras or motion sensor lights. Also, do not open the door if the person is being overly aggressive or demanding.

Pima County Sheriff's Deputies will always announce a very specific reason for their visit, so that's another sign whether or not this is real law enforcement.