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Officers are reminding residents on how to stay safe from distraction burglars following a spate of distraction burglaries targeting the elderly in the Lichfield area recently.
In two recent reports on Friday (7 October), two women, claiming to be from the local council, have tricked their way into homes by asking to use the bathroom. Once inside, one of them distracts the victim, whilst the other searches for valuables to take.
Both women are described as white, in their 20s, and Eastern European. They also used a clip board/note pad as props.
In one of the two recent reports, a man in his 80s, reported two gold watches and two gold rings as stolen.
Asking to see identification, listening to any doubts in your mind and not letting anybody into your property you are unsure about are the main ways to stay safe from this type of crime often instigated either by a cold call at your front door.
Chief Inspector Paul Cooke, of the Lichfield Local Policing Team, said: “Please advise elderly and vulnerable neighbours to follow the STOP, CHAIN, CHECK rule when people call at the door.”
STOP – If you are not expecting anybody and they don’t have an appointment, don’t let them in.
CHAIN – Use your door chain or bar before opening the door
CHECK – Ask to see ID and double check this.
He added: “If you are ever suspicious or have any doubts, please do not let people into your property.
“We would like to reassure the community that we are investigating the recent reports with local officers carrying out a number of enquiries. We have also increased police patrols in the area.
“To report any suspicious incidents or if you have any information, please message the force on social media or call 101 to pass on the details. In an emergency, always dial 999.”
For more information and ways to prevent burglaries, visit: www.staffordshire.police.uk/burglary