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Distraction Burglary Advice

Alert message sent 21/06/2019 15:42:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Good Afternoon Citizen

Angela Place in Bilston has been targeted by a distraction burglar the 84 year old vulnerable victim has had a large amount of money taken totalling 750 pounds, bank card and a pension book officers are investigating this matter so please get in contact if you see anything or one that looks out of place.

We are asking our communities to be vigilant at this time, look out for friends, families and neighbours and be aware of suspicious behaviour.

We are investigating the incident and supporting the victim during this ordeal.
Distraction Burglars, also known as Bogus Officials, will dress as officials (e.g. water, electricity, gas, Police) to gain trust and entry to a home.

Remember, if you don't know the caller; ask to see their identity card. Genuine callers won't mind and will be obligated to help you.

Some public utility services operate a password system. Contact your local branch to find out more.
If you're still not sure, ask the caller to come back later. You can then check their story by phoning the organisation or company they claim to represent. Look up the number in your own telephone directory. Don't rely on the telephone number on their card - it may be the number of a criminals partner.
Please be vigilant and help protect your communities.

Call 999 in an emergency.
Call 101 in a non-emergency
Or Live chat with an adviser from 08:00 to midnight on
Call Crimestoppers, anonymously and free at 0800 555 111
For more information visit

Kind Regards The Partnerships Team
Message sent by
Tina Fallon (Police , Engagement and Consultations officer, Wolverhampton Partnerships)
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