by Steve Beasant on 26 March, 2015
Humberside Police are reminding people to be vigilant about allowing unexpected or unknown callers into their homes following two recent distraction burglaries in Grimsby.
The first incident happened between 2000hrs and 2015hrs on Thursday 19 March 2015 at a property on Kesgrave Street in Grimsby when an elderly man answered the door to a woman asking to use his toilet. The man did not know the woman but allowed her in to his house. After the woman left, the man realised his wallet was missing containing an amount of cash.
The wallet was recovered a short time later but the money had been removed from it.
The second incident happened later on in the evening of Thursday 9 March 2015 between 2200hrs and 2230hrs at a property in Oxford Street in Grimsby . On this occasion a woman not known to the resident called and asked to use the telephone and was allowed in by the householder to do so.
The caller distracted the householder by asking for a cup of tea and, when left alone in the room, it is believed the woman took a purse belonging to the resident. The purse contained an amount of cash and bank cards.
No description of the offender in either case is available.
Anyone with information is asked to call Humberside Police on 101 quoting crime reference numbers 2103435 or 2103274 respectively.
To avoid becoming a victim of distraction burglars, follow the advice from Humberside Police listed below:
Distraction Burglars and Rogue Traders refer to a group of people who make false claims in order to extort or steal from people.
This can include claiming to be representing a company or charity to gain entry into homes before stealing items while occupants are distracted or the practice of deliberately overcharging for unsatisfactory goods and/or services.
It is known that the offenders travel large distances to commit crime and some of them exchange information on victims and successful criminal methods or scams.
To help provide some guidance to residents Humberside Police have offered the following advice in connection with rogue traders and distraction burglars:
LOCK, STOP, CHAIN and CHECK: When someone calls at your door and offers to do repairs to your home or to ask for urgent help, or when someone official knocks on your door, follow these simple steps to help protect yourself and your home from bogus callers.
ONLY LET THEM IN WHEN YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT THEY ARE GENUINE.
Genuine callers will always be happy to make an appointment to call and will carry an identity card with a photograph. They won’t mind waiting if you want to phone and confirm their identity or want to rearrange the appointment. If you are going to ring the company or organisation the caller claims to be from, don’t rely on a number provided by them, you could be ringing an accomplice sat in the van outside.
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