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Cops distraction burglaries appeal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

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POLICE are urging people to be vigilant after distraction burglars stole cash from a 90-year-old man.

Officers from Derbyshire Police moved to warn elderly people to be ‘on their guard’ after cash was stolen form a home in The City, in Woodville

The pensioner was distracted after a man walked into his house to speak about garden work at a nearby property.

The elderly man was led outside, where the offender pointed into a neighbouring garden and spoke about improvements before leaving a short time later.

A spokesman for the force said: “A witness spotted two men acting suspiciously in the area and walking down the side of the victim’s house around the time of the offence.

“They were white, aged in their 20s, and wore dark padded jackets, hats and trainers.

“Cash was later discovered to have gone missing from the victim’s wallet.

“The incident took place at about 10.30am on Monday, April 28.”

This comes at a time when the force is looking to crackdown on distraction burglaries.

Officers have decided to issue some crime prevention advice to those who think they could be at risk, which includes:

• Consider installing a door chain and make sure homes are secure;

• Do not open doors to anyone who calls without warning, no matter what excuses they give. Genuine callers will not call unannounced – they will arrange an appointment or give written notice about work taking place;

• Check the identification of any callers and, if they claim to represent a company or utility, call the firm and check they have cold callers in the area;

• People should not be tempted to leave their house with a caller, even if it is just for a minute and into the garden;

• If a cold caller is persistent or makes people feel concerned or uncomfortable, they should call the police.

Anyone with information about the distraction burglary can call 101.

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