Neighbourhood Watch News Article
Published: 3rd November 2010
WHO IS KNOCKING AT YOUR NEIGHBOUR’S DOOR?
”Alright, I’m from the water board. There’s a water leak down the road and I need to get into your house to check the water pressure.”
”Good evening, I’m a police office investigating a burglary and I need to get into your house. Can you let me in?”
If your elderly neighbour or relative was faced with someone at the door saying these words, do you think they would let the caller into their home?
These are just two of the common tactics used by distraction burglars to try to gain access to a person’s home and sadly, many people fall prey to these callers.
Once the offender has conned their way into the property, they will distract the victim whilst they or a second offender searches the property.
Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hanlon, from Operation Manhunt said: ”These incidents traditionally increase at this time of year, particularly because the nights are darker.
”It is the older people in our community who are most vulnerable because they tend to be more trusting and are inclined to open the door if they believe there’s an emergency.
”We’re asking people to identify people they know who could be vulnerable to these incidents and to tell them not to open the door to anyone they aren’t expecting. If you have concerns for someone or feel they would benefit from a visit from an officer then please get in touch.
”I would add that a police officer will identify themselves by producing a warrant card and officers will be happy to wait whilst you contact the control room to check their identity. You can do this by calling the non-emergency number 0845 3300222.”
Incidents of distraction burglary have reduced by 28% on last year’s figures where in total these offences reduced by 50%. Operation Manhunt, the Constabulary’s team who investigate distraction burglary, is detecting more crimes than ever before.
Author: Neighbourhood Watch
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