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Advice issued following distraction burglaries in Slough

Alert message sent 14/03/2019 08:28:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police has issued advice following a series of recent distraction burglaries targeting elderly and vulnerable residents in Slough.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector John Wordsworth based at Slough police station, said: “We are aware of a number of distraction burglaries in the Slough area which are believed to be linked.

“In each case the offenders worked in a small group, of between two and three people, and visited the homes of elderly victims claiming to be from the water board. While one of the offenders distracted the victim by engaging them in conversation, the other offender walked through the property and took items of value including cash, gold and jewellery. 

“You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim as follows:

• Don’t open the door if you are not sure who is calling.
• Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from and use the
telephone numbers listed in your local directory – don’t use any telephone numbers provided by the caller.
• Don’t let them into your home until you are satisfied they are who they claim to be.
• If you are suspicious call the police on 101.

“Residents may notice additional patrols in the area as we work on the investigation. Officers are also working with Slough Borough Council to promote crime prevention advice to those most at risk.

“If you have elderly or vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, please make them aware of this fraud and share our crime prevention advice.”

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Neil Hawkins (Police, Communications Officer, Forcewide)

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