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Police urging vigilance following distraction burglaries

Alert message sent 11/07/2018 15:17:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police


We are urging people to remain vigilant, following recent reports of burglaries targeting elderly and vulnerable people in the county.

The force is asking communities, especially those in the Bedfordshire villages, to report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods, and share advice with those people who may be more at risk.

 

Elderly and vulnerable people can often be the target of distraction burglaries, which can comprise unexpected knocks at the door from people pretending to be employees of water, electrical or gas companies, or offering services such as gardening.

 

In one recent incident in the south of the county, an offender claimed to be from a water company and, after entering the victim’s home, stole a quantity of cash. In a separate incident, a man’s wallet was stolen in similar circumstances.

 

Inspector Chris Hutton, from Bedfordshire Police, said: “We would urge residents to remain vigilant to prevent burglaries in their neighbourhoods, and in particular to share information with those who could be targeted.

 

“We would also appeal for anyone with information on any incidents, or who see anything suspicious, to let us know.”

 

You can use our online reporting centre, or call us on 101.
Remember, in an emergency, always call 999.

For more information, please visit our website.

 

Distraction burglary advice:

  • If you have an unexpected knock on the door, never open it to strangers, consider installing a door chain and always keep it on until you know who’s at the door
  • If unsure of the visitor’s identity, always ask for ID first and telephone the company they are purporting to be from, using the telephone numbers listed in your local directory, or provided independently by your service provider
  • Discuss any work you would like carried out on your property with a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader
  • Check whether traders are members of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme or the Government Trust Mark scheme
  • Don’t agree to any work, or sign anything on the spot. Do not be pressured into having any work carried out
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