I have talked about my in-laws before on here. They deal with the same exact thing in Milwaukee. In the winter it's can we shovel your snow, in the summer its the grass and you guessed it fall is the leaves. They are just casing homes to see if people are home or not. They have been broken into so many times that they have all their valuables at my house. My FIL keeps a loaded shotgun close to every door now when he is home. He has had his life threaten more than once in his lovely neighborhood. To those who will say "tell him to move" been there done that. If you can convince a 65 yr old stubborn Irishman to move out of his neighborhood of over 30 years I say good luck to you. You would have thought that the fact that none of his grand kids are allowed down there would be a motivating factor... not so much. Its an unfortunate situation when you become a prisoner in your own home for fear of going in your yard.
glad this went well for you. i carry indoors too
We have had a new twist on the old scam.
Person comes to the door and says you "won" a free carpet cleaning and he/she wants to come in to start. All they are carrying is a can of febreeze. I haven't fallen for it, but the scam is they find out as much as they can about your household and what you own and the layout....then return when the home owners are gone and steal all they can.
They come around about twice a year to try this. Not here anymore, but to other homes.