The following is from the Evanston Police Department's "In the Squad Room" report:
Several home invasions have been reported on the north side of Chicago and in Skokie.
Working in pairs, robbers sometimes pose as police officers searching for someone or something. They have restrained terrified residents with zip ties and brandished weapons while removing valuables from the home.
Remember: Do not open (or unlock) your door to strangers. When in doubt, ask the stranger to remain outside while you call 911. It’s likely that a genuine Evanston cop can be at your door in less than five minutes.