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West Mercia Police Notice

WARNING ABOUT DISTRACTION BURGLARIES

Attempted burglary/bogus callers, WELLBROOKSIDE, PETERCHURCH, HEREFORD

Folks,

Please be vigilant and look out for vulnerable & elderly neighbours.

Golden Valley (message sent to all Hereford areas for your info).

Police Ref 0526S 070617

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY/BOGUS CALLERS took place between 14:20:00 on WEDNESDAY 07-JUN-2017 and 14:45:00 on WEDNESDAY 07-JUN-2017 at WELLBROOKSIDE, PETERCHURCH, HEREFORD

Around above time an unknown male has knocked on door of a dwelling. This male stated had been a water pipe explosion nearby with a small girl injured, and that he needed access to the house to check the pipe work that comes into the house under the sink for vibration damage, as well as to check all pipes in the house.

The male had no ID when asked and the resident reluctantly let him in to check pipes under the sink, but was sceptical about his intentions. A second male has then entered the address and has walked towards the living room area of the house after speaking to male 1. At this point the resident has then asked both males to leave, threatening to call their son. Both men have then left.

Male 1 described as 5'4 tall, 20-30 years old, clean shaven, medium build, wearing pale blue small checked short sleeved shirt, jeans and a baseball cap.

Male 2 described as 5'4, clean shaven, medium build, also wearing a baseball cap, and had a white shirt.

Males are described as both as being very persistent, but could offer no ID. Nothing appears to have been taken.

The males involved are thought to be connected with a burglary Clehonger earlier this week


DISTRACTION BURGLARIES

You don't have to open the door

Most callers are genuine, but some aren't. Burglars won't go to the trouble of breaking in if they can just knock and be invited in. So always be on guard when unexpected visitors - men, women or even children - turn up at the door.

Occasionally some callers will pretend to be on official business from utility companies (gas, electricity, water) or the council. They may pretend to be tradespeople who are calling to carry out urgent repairs or may claim that they have lost something in your back garden.

To protect yourself from distraction burglary:

1. Beware of anyone who says they are in a hurry - if in doubt, call a neighbour or friend.

2. Check to see who is at the door by using your door viewer, or looking through a front window.

3. Always put the chain on before you open the door as this is a barrier against unwanted callers.

4. When an unexpected caller claims they work for one of the utility companies, they must be able to quote your password and unique customer number and produce an identity card:

  • all of the utility companies operate password schemes - contact the customer services department and set up a password with them.

  • make a note of your customer number, which can be found at the top of the utility bill and keep it handy - this number is unique to your household.

  • as added proof of identity, genuine trades people should carry an identification card with their photograph on -check this carefully and keep the chain on.


  • 5. if you're unsure about the caller's identity telephone the company the caller claims to represent, but don't rely on them giving you the number as it may be false - genuine callers won't mind waiting.

    6.if you're still unsure, ask the caller to come back later so that you can arrange for a friend or relative to be present.


    Date: 09/06/2017

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