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Distraction Burglary Prevention

Alert message sent 22/03/2019 15:50:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Want to know what you can do to keep yourself, an elderly neighbour or a relative safe from distraction thefts? Here are a few tips to help keep you safe.

If you're not sure who is at the door, don't open it! Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are purporting to be from i.e. Gas, Electricity, Water or Police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider. Do not use any phone numbers provided by the caller, as they may be bogus.

Ask the caller to put their identification through the letter box so that you have time to check the details.

Telephone a neighbour or friend nearby to come along and check out the caller before you open the door to them.

Many utility service providers like Gas, Electricity and Water provide password schemes or hotline numbers for customers to call, to check the identity of callers before opening the door. Speak to your utility provider.

Keep your door locked and windows secure at all times. Check the back door is locked before answering the front door.

Don't keep large quantities of cash at home: put it in the bank or post office where it is safe.

If someone asks for your help, needs to make a telephone call, has lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or requests  a pen and paper for example, refer them to a younger neighbour or assist them through a closed door or call a friend or neighbour to come and assist.

Not sure? Don't open the door!

If you have any queries, please get in touch with your local Neighbourhood Team via:

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Greg Davenport (Police, PC, Milton Keynes)

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