MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Sheriff's Office has recently taken several reports of daytime burglaries and attempted burglaries. During this time of year burglars often take the opportunity not only to steal household goods, but also gifts and presents.

A common trick of burglars is to knock on the front door of a residence. If they receive no answer they will then go to the back door and kick the door, or force it open. If someone is home and answers the door they usually ask for directions or make up a name and say they are looking for that person.

“We are asking residents who may encounter suspicious persons to try and obtain as much information as safely as possible, and call immediately,” said Knox County Sheriff David Barber. “License plate numbers, vehicle, personal descriptions, and directions of travel are extremely helpful.”

Barber said he is not asking people to be confrontational to someone who may appear suspicious, just to write down as much information as possible and contact law enforcement. An observant neighbor or a good witness can provide officers with valuable information, he said.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Fredericktown Police Department and the Danville Police Department can be reached by calling 393-6800. The Mount Vernon Police Department can be reached by calling 393-9559.

In an emergency, residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1.



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