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Bedfordshire Police is issuing advice to residents following a spate of distraction burglaries

Alert message sent 09/07/2019 12:42:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Over the last few weeks, there have been a number of reports of various men knocking on doors in the Luton area saying they are from utility companies wanting to check the meter.
An example of this occurred over the weekend, when a man knocked on the door of a woman in her 70s, saying he was from the water board. He made his way into the house, before stealing various items.
Detective Sergeant Mark Stewart, from the force’s Operation Maze burglary team, said: “We have received a number of reports over the last few weeks, which we are investigating, but we want to use this opportunity to remind residents to be vigilant against bogus callers.

“If you are not expecting anyone to visit you for a product or service, do not let them into your home. Our message is if you're unsure, don't open the door.
“Unfortunately the majority of the victims from the reports we have received have been elderly. If you have any relatives or neighbours who would benefit from this information, please make them aware of our advice and tips to follow.
“We are also encouraging people to report any suspicious behaviour to us, either by calling 101 or via our online reporting tool. Always call 999 in an emergency.”
Below is some advice to take into consideration if you are unsure of who is at your door:
  • If you have an unexpected knock on the door, never open it to strangers. Consider installing a door chain and always keep it on.
  • If unsure of the visitor’s identity always ask for their ID first and telephone the company they are purporting to be from. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider.
  • Discuss any work you feel needs carrying 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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Helen Hutchinson (Beds Police, Channels and Content Officer, Bedfordshire)

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