Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Distraction Burglaries Locally - Please Share

It is hard to know what message to communicate without scaring people but the distraction methods used to gain access have been, asking to look for a lost cat in their garden, offering to carry out maintenance work and claiming to be from the water board.

The advice from the Police is as follows:

Bedfordshire Police is also reminding residents not to allow unexpected visitors into their homes and follow these tips:
  • Shut and lock the back door before you open the front – these offenders often work in pairs. 
  • All police officers, immigration officials and utility staff carry ID cards. Make them show the card, and then use the number in the phone book to call the relevant company and check that they are a genuine member of staff. Make sure they wait outside while you do this. 
  • Always stay with the caller while they are in your home. You should be suspicious if they want to look round on their own. 
  • Never show anyone where you keep valuables. Do not keep large amounts of money in the house – even if you think it is well hidden. 
If you are at all suspicious of the caller, DO NOT LET THEM IN. Lock the door and call the police

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