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DISTRACTION BURGALRY

Alert message sent 09/02/2019 12:12:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


On the 8th February 2019 at 2.30pm an unknown male went to an address in Red House Avenue, Wednesbury. This male stated to the elderly female resident that he was "DOING THE WATER DOWN THE STREET" and asked her where the stop cock was. This male did not produce any form of ID and unfortunately the resident let him in thinking he was genuine. While the resident was moving items out of the way of the stop cock with the taps running, a further 3 unknown males have then entered the address, searching the residents bedroom, taking her purse containing a large amount of money

Not all burglars break into your home, some try to trick or con their way in.
known as distraction burglars, or bogus callers, they will try to mislead you or distract your attention to get into your home and steal your money or valuables.
Most people who call at your home will be genuine but sometimes people turn up unannounced, with the intention of tricking their way into your home. You should always be aware when someone you don’t know calls at your door. They can be convincing and often persuasive.
Bogus callers may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, the police, health organisations or gas, water or electricity companies.
They may be workmen trying to persuade you that you need urgent repairs doing to your home. You also need to be careful of callers offering to make building repairs or to tarmac your drive. Sometimes they can ask for money in advance or even overcharge you.
A common method used at this time of year is to gain access to your roof by undertaking cheap gutter cleaning. Whilst up on ladders scooping out leaves they damage roof tiles and then offer to make further needless repairs.
Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming they have seen something untoward in another room or outside, which may encourage you to leave the room. Or callers who ask for water or use of your toilet to gain access inside your home.
Often victims are elderly or vulnerable and are identified by the look of their home from the street. Fixtures and fixings such as handrails, ramps or interior décor are indicators.
Fitting a spy hole to the front door will help you to check who the caller is before opening and if they cannot produce an official identity card then do not let them in. You can even ring the company they say they are from to confirm their identity. If you do this ring a number from the phone book or internet, not off a card they supply you. The number on cards given by people at your door could be false.
A genuine caller will not mind you closing the door for two minutes while you check their ID and most will be happy to make an appointment and return at a later date or time.

In order to reduce distraction burglaries please pass this information on to your friends and family, especially the elderly.

If you have any queries regarding this message or any other matter please do not hesitate to contact us via the below methods.

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Rose Hardy (Police,PCSO,Sandwell Wednesbury town)
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