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Distraction Burglary in Newborough

Alert message sent 19/02/2019 10:49:00

Information sent on behalf of Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Yesterday afternoon a Distraction Burglary took place in School Road, Newborough. The male described as white, fairly short in height, medium build, moustache, short dark hair and wearing what was described as black work clothes and jeans. The jacket he was wearing had an elastic waistband. He may have had a small white van.

He tricked his way into the home address of a lady on the pretence that he needed paying £15 for a fence he had repaired. Whilst in the address, he asked for a glass of water causing a distraction and has taken the ladies purse containing cash, bank card and photographs. 

Remember not all callers to your front door are genuine. Please be aware of rogue traders and distraction burglars. By taking simple preventative measures you can further reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Do - Check the identity of the caller and ask for ID, Ask the caller to leave information about the service they are offering so you can read at your leisure and don't feel pressured into agreeing, Sign up to your local Neighbourhood Watch, Call Police on 999 if you ask visitors to leave and they refuse to, Call the police straight away on 101 if you suspect a bogus caller has visited you, even if you didn't speak to them or let them in, Sign up to your utility service providers password scheme.

Dont - Believe all callers are genuine - they are not. Go to a bank or cash point with a trader, Believe special 'today only' type deals or scare stories, Feel pressure into agreeing to sign anything or have work carried out.

Discuss with a friend or relative any work suggested or your feel needs carrying out on your home, so they can help you find a reputable trader.
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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)

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