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CRIME PREVENTION Sneak in burglaries in Firth Park and Shiregreen

Alert message sent 05/06/2019 14:32:00

Information sent on behalf of South Yorkshire Police

Over the last few weeks we’ve had reports of several sneak in burglaries targeting elderly people in Firth Park and Shiregreen in Sheffield.

The incidents have seen offenders gaining access to people’s homes by asking for a drink, to use the toilet or retrieve something from the garden. They’ve then used this as an opportunity to look around the house and steal money, phones and purses.

If you’ve got relatives or neighbours who live in these areas, we thought it might be useful for you to have a chat with them about what to look out for.

Here are a few top tips from our officers:
  • If you're not sure who is at your door, don't open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from i.e. gas, electricity, water and police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider….DON’T use any telephone numbers provided by the caller as they may be bogus.
  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden.
  • Remove valuables from view, especially on the ground floor of your home and keep things like keys away from your letterbox
You can find lots more advice here:
Sergeant Phil Mackey said: “We’re working hard to track down the individuals who we think are responsible for these burglaries and I’m confident we will do.

“Something that I’d really encourage people to do, is speak to elderly relatives, neighbours or friends about this, offer them a bit of advice and tell them what signs to watch out for.”
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Philip Mackey (Police,Sergeant,Sheffield North East Neighbourhoods)
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