|Helen O'Driscoll Police Community Safety Officer, Peterborough - Southern)|
Police would would like to make you aware of a possible emerging series of distraction burglaries in the city. Please could you pass on this information to all your friends and neighbours.
On Saturday 30th November a male attended the home address of two elderly victims in Orton Longueville. The 83-year-old male victim has mobility problems. The female victim,78, has Parkinson’s Disease.
The suspect claimed to have completed work to the victims roof and wanted £80 for the work. We suspect no work was carried out. He was paid as he argued the matter with both victims.
On Sunday 1st December 2013, the same suspect returned and claimed that he had left keys in the address. He pushed past the elderly female victim who couldn’t do anything to stop him. The suspect went to where the family kept money (he saw it the previous day) and took the lot. Its thought that anything between £600-£700 was stolen
On Thursday 5th December at Noon, a male attended the home address of an elderly 90 year old gentleman, in Dogsthorpe and demanded money for having cleaned the gent's guttering. No work had been carried out. The male was invited into the kitchen and an amount of money has now been reported as missing. On this occasion a witness stated that the male was wearing what looked like a 3/4 length dark coat.
On Friday 6th December during the morning a male attended the home address of an 84 year old female in Orton Longueville and demanded money, again for guttering work. The lady refused to pay him, and he got quite agitated with her before walking off.
The male in question is described as white, short brown hair, local English accent in his 30’s. He was wearing dark messy clothing, slim build and was clean shaven. No vehicle seen although we believe the male will have a vehicle parked close by.
Crime Prevention Advice
Use a door chain and‚ if you can‚ a spy hole. This makes it easier for you to identify who is at the door without fully opening it.
Do not keep large amounts of money in the house and do not leave money or valuables lying around where they are visible from outside or where they can be easily found.
What to do when someone calls
Before you go to the door - Close and lock the back door and any accessible windows before you go to the front door. Bogus callers often work in pairs. Look through your spy hole or window, try to check who a caller is before opening the door. Don’t let any caller pressure you into making a quick decision - if you are unsure‚ do not open the door.
Before you answer the door, put your door chain on and keep it on while you check the callers’ identity.If you want to check with their company, keep the door chain on‚ tell the caller you are going to call their company and close the door.
A genuine caller will not object to you leaving them on the doorstep and closing the door while you confirm their identity‚ even if it is raining.
If the caller says they represent an electricity‚ gas or water company or another organisation such as the council or a charity, follow the checklist below to check that a caller is who they say they are.
Ask for the password If you have set one up with the utility company, use it.
Does the caller have an identification card?
If the caller does not have an identification card‚ ask the caller to go away and close the door.
If the caller persists‚ dial 999 and ask for the police.
If the caller does have an identification card, ask to see it.
Examine the card to see if it looks genuine
Check the expiry date - is it still valid?
Does the photograph on the card match the person at the door?
Check the photograph is the original – has anything been stuck over it?
If you want to call their company, do not use the telephone number on the caller’s identification card - if the identification card is not genuine then the telephone number on the card will not be genuine either
Find the telephone number in your phone book, on a bill or call directory enquiries
Ask the company to confirm they have sent someone out to you. They will ask you for information about the identification card, what the caller looks like and may also ask for the date of birth or password of the caller.
If you need to get more information from the caller, leave the door chain on at all times.
If the company does not know the caller, dial 999 and ask for the Police, who will tell you what to do.
Put your safety
firstRemember‚ it is your home
If you are unsure‚ do not
open the door and do not let the caller in.
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