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Distraction Burglary - Finedon

Alert message sent 19/01/2019 08:53:00

Information sent on behalf of Northamptonshire Police


A distraction burglary took place in Finedon last night (18th January) between 18:45hrs and 18:55hrs. Three males have forced entry to an elderly residents address and when confronted the males have stated that they were undercover police officers. The males have then left the property and the victim has been unharmed. The males were not police officers and jewellery was stolen from the address.
 
We are asking anyone who has contact with an elderly or vulnerable person to pass on the gentle crime prevention reminders to help prevent them from becoming a victim of doorstep crime.
 
We need more people on the look out
 
If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702, If a crime is in progress, dial 999.
 
Together we can look out and lock offenders up and prevent doorstep crime from happening to someone you know. 
 
Doorstep crime takes two forms 
  1. Distraction Burglars or ‘bogus callers’ will call at a house with the intention of tricking their way inside to steal money and/ or other valuables.
  2. Rogue Doorstep Traders will use a trade (such as block paving, landscaping etc) as a means to extract large sums of money from people.  
Unlike a burglary where an offender may use an opportunity to climb in through an open window, walk in through an unlocked open door, or force their way into a property, distraction burglars (bogus callers) will use stories to trick their way into a home. Most callers at your home will be genuine. However those who engage in doorstep crime can be very convincing and persuasive in order to gain access to your property. Their aim is to steal money or valuables, or to offer overpriced trade services. 
 
'If you are not sure, don’t open the door' 
  • Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole to identify callers. Alternatively talk to them through an adjacent window.
  • Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind.
  • Set up passwords with your utility companies, genuine callers will need to recite this password to you.
  • Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards, if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won't be either. Obtain telephone numbers direct from the phone directory. Alternatively make a list of your important numbers and keep them near the phone.
  • Police officers carry warrant cards and you can also confirm their identity by calling 101.
  • Look out for those who are vulnerable within your family, or neighbourhoods
  • In Northamptonshire many agencies have come together to form the Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN). If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702.
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Paul Hurst (Police, PCSO, Wellingborough )

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