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GRIFFITH — Suspicious men wearing reflective vests claiming to be landscapers tried to get inside a house, a witness told police.

It's the time of year where scams spring into Northwest Indiana communities, police said.

“With the weather getting warmer, it's that time again where these type of incidents occur at higher rates,” the Griffith Police Department said in a public announcement. “We ask that you pay attention to your surroundings when you are doing projects in and around your home.”

On Tuesday police responded to a suspicious vehicle and person in the 1800 block of Rensselaer Street in Griffith. A witness said two men wearing reflective vests parked in front of a house in a newer black Chevy pickup truck.

A man walked up to the house and was looking through the basement window. He tried to get inside the residence and make contact with the resident, but was unsuccessful, the witness told police.

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Griffith police cautioned residents to keep their doors locked and to report suspicious incidents to authorities.

They also said solicitors will have an approved permit from the town, which they are required to display on a lanyard. Police urge residents to not let anyone in their home without proper identification.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.