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The Oxhill News

April 2011

This months News



Shipston Police

Distraction Burglaries

Distraction Burglaries Warwickshire Police want people to be more aware of people who you donít know at your door.

The majority of people who knock on your door are genuine caller but sometimes people will turn up unannounced.  They are known as distraction burglaries or bogus caller who intend to break into homes and steal money or valuables.

Bogus callers may be smartly dressed or wear a uniform such as a council worker, police, health organisation, builders or gas, water and electricity companies.  Some may ask for a drink of water or be looking for a lost pet.  In fact, they may use any story to distract people.  They may use Ďpropsí such as an ID card or wear the company uniform with their logo on it.

Here are a few ways to safe guard your self against distraction burglaries:

Keep the front and back door locked even when at home.

Before answering the door, stop and think if you are expecting someone.

If you do decide to answer the door, put the chain or bar on. Keep the bar or chain on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep.

If you are expecting a caller, always check their identification very carefully against the letter you have been sent or ask for a password, which has been agreed, before you let them in. Do they look like the person on the card?

If you are not expecting anyone and you are alone, ask them to call back when you have someone with you.

Anyone wishes to report a crime should continue to call 01926 415 000. In an emergency, if you are witnessing a crime in progress, call 999.

Russell Brian

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