know these men? Burnham-On-Sea Police issue appeal after three distraction
police are urging people to be alert after distraction burglaries
at three senior citizens homes on Monday afternoon (September
2.30pm and 4.40pm thieves tricked their way into homes in Donstan
Road in Highbridge, and Stoddens Road and Berrow Road in Burnham-On-Sea,
and searched for cash and valuables.
Sergeant Ryan Edwards told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Thankfully
nothing seems to have been stolen in two cases, with a building
society book taken in the third."
carried out house-to-house enquiries, increased our patrols and
issued an alert through Neighbourhood Watch. As part of our ongoing
investigation were especially keen to trace these three men
(pictured). If you have any information that could help, please
call 101 quoting reference 5218197748."
sort of doorstep crime remains rare. However it can be very distressing
for vulnerable older people and were targeting our patrols
in the area to provide reassurance."
three householders affected are in their 80s. Please make your family
or friends aware of these incidents and the simple steps to take
to deter these criminals. If you see someone acting suspiciously
at a neighbours property call us straight away. Ring 999 if
a crime is being committed, otherwise call 101."
say there are two main tactics used by distraction burglars - firstly,
distracting a householder on the doorstep or in the garden, while
an accomplice enters the house to steal. Secondly, claiming to be
from a utility company needing to urgently check water supply or
electrics to get into a house.
Ryan Edwards' doorstep crime prevention tips include:
never open the door to an unexpected caller until youve
checked their identification use a door chain or viewer.
Genuine callers expect it
if youre not sure, dont open the door
if you are suspicious of a caller tell us straight away -
ring 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated, otherwise call 101
keep your cash in the bank, not at home
keep windows and doors secured if youre not in the
if you see someone calling door-to-door, but only on frail
or elderly neighbours, call 999 straight away
join Neighbourhood Watch
nominate a neighbour to help you deal with unexpected callers