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Distraction burglary

Alert message sent 09/07/2018 14:17:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Distraction burglary

Following a couple of recent reports of potential distraction burglaries in your area please follow the advice below:

Never open your door to someone you don’t know or aren’t expecting. Most callers are genuine, but it’s important to be on your guard. Always make sure a caller is who they say they are before letting them into your home. 

Distraction burglars may try to trick their way into your home by posing as officials or playing for sympathy by asking for help, such as to use your toilet or phone. These people often work in pairs or groups. The caller will try to distract you so their partner can sneak into your home to steal. 

Genuine callers will be happy to show you their identification or call back when someone else is at home with you. So always ask if you’re unsure. 

If you are a pensioner, have a disability or impairment, you may be able to set up a password with your energy provider to help protect you further.

If don’t know or aren’t expecting a caller:

  • make sure your back door is locked before answering the front door
  • use a door chain when opening the door
  • ask for identification and check it carefully before letting anyone in
  • ask them to come back when someone else is at home with you 
  • direct people asking for help to a nearby shop or other public place, don’t let them in

Always report any suspicious callers to the police on 101.

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Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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