Jan 26, 2012

Distraction Burglaries

Police in the Vale of Belvoir are reminding residents to protect themselves from distraction burglaries by being vigilant in checking callers to their home.

The warning follows an incident in Long Clawson yesterday evening, Wednesday 25th January 2012.

At around 8.00pm a male and female visited the home of an 89-year-old woman in a residential area in Long Clawson claiming to be new carers.

The description of the couple is that they are white and in their 30's.

It is believed that nothing has been stolen at the time of the burglary. 

Anyone who saw individuals matching these descriptions in the area yesterday are asked to contact Leicestershire Police by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 739 of 25th January 2012.

You can also give information anonymously by contacting the charity Crime-stoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Police are also urging the community to contact them immediately if they are suspicious of anyone calling at their home and they are advising residents to follow some simple crime prevention steps if they have unplanned callers at their home:

If a business caller comes to your home without making an appointment keep the door shut, even if the caller appears to look official or presents ID

Check their story by phoning the organisation they claim to represent. Look up the number in your telephone book rather than relying on the one on their card when you do this. No representative of a legitimate organisation will mind waiting while you do this.

Watch out if the caller appears to be in a hurry and never feel pressured or embarrassed into letting someone in.

Call the Police if you are suspicious of any unexpected business visitors.

John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626

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