Crime Prevention Advice - Distraction Burglaries

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We have seen an increase in distraction burglaries around the County, including some in our local Charnwood villages.

Criminals are targetting vulnerable or elderly residents, claiming to be from (normally) utility companies as a ploy to enter the house and steal things.

These 'bogus officials' are very plausible and often even have paperwork or jackets bearing the logo of the company.  There have even been cases when they have claimed to be plain clothed police officers

If you're not expecting a visit from the 'water board', or 'gas company' then please be suspicious.  Keep the door on a security chain (and consider getting one fitted if you don't have one) and ask for identification.  Even if they have an ID card, consider telephoning the company (get the number from the phone book) to confirm who they are and why they are there.

For any residents with elderly or vulnerable neighbours, then please keep an eye on your neighbours in case they get targetted.  Consider giving your phone number to the neighbour so that they can contact you in case they are concerned.

If you see anything suspicious or believe that you have seen a 'bogus official' then please contact the Police immediately. 

Rod Smart
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Roderick Smart (Police,Sergeant,Charnwood NPA, Loughborough, Leicestershire Police)

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