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General Category => General Cookham Discussions => Topic started by: Thames Valley Police on May 09, 2008, 03:14:02 PM

Title: Distraction Burglaries
Post by: Thames Valley Police on May 09, 2008, 03:14:02 PM
Police issue warning following distraction burglaries - Berkshire

Police investigating nine distraction burglaries across the Berkshire area are warning residents to be on their guard.

The burglaries took place in Slough, Bracknell, Windsor and Reading between 13 March and 7 May.

On each occasion a man stole money from an elderly resident after offering to carry out property maintenance work for them.

Detectives believe that the incidents are linked and are keen to trace a man who they believe may be responsible.

He is white, aged between 30 and 35, about 5ft 7ins and stocky. He wears blue overalls covered with paint marks and sometimes has a moustache or stubble. He may drive a white van with writing on the side.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you don't want to speak to police or give your name, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. In an emergency dial 999.

Police have issued the following advice to residents:

. If you are suspicious of an unexpected caller, contact police immediately on 999, giving as much detail about the person as possible. It may be that the same caller has caused concern elsewhere.
. You should never open your door to a stranger. If someone comes to your door, use your intercom system or shout through the door to see who it is.
. If the person is not expected, do not open the door. Tell them to make an appointment. If they say there is an emergency, check with the police.
. If the person is expected, put the chain on and then check their identification. If you do not have a chain, ask for the identification to be put through the letterbox.
. Some offenders will not bother to trick their way in if they find an insecure window or door. Make sure all your windows and doors can be easily locked and are locked whenever you leave the room. Padlock your side gate. Make sure your house is secure if you go into the garden.
. If you need any work done in your home or garden it is advisable to contact Age Concern to ask for advice. You should check whether people are genuine before letting them carry out any work.
. Remember that the water board no longer exists. Genuine callers from gas, electricity and water companies will carry ID cards and are likely to have uniforms and marked vehicles.
. If you are worried about your security contact your local Crime Reduction Office via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.