Attempted distraction burglary

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Attempted distraction burglary

Posted: 08/10/2007 16:10:52

Police are appealing for information about an attempted distraction burglary in Kidderminster.

The victim, a woman in her 80s, opened the door of her flat in Oldnall Road to a man who claimed he was from a company called Nationwide and needed to check the water by putting some dye into it. She asked him for identification which he could not produce and he was refused entry.

A second man then appeared and told the woman all the other flats had been checked, and hers was the only one still left to do, but again she refused entry and both men left without gaining access.

It happened between about 5pm and 5.30pm on Friday 5th October.
The offenders were both white.
The first man was aged 40 to 50, 5ft 10ins tall, of heavy build, with a chubby face and pasty complexion. He was wearing blue denim work jacket and trousers, and black workman's boots, and was scruffy and dirty in appearance. The second man was in his late 20s to early 30s, 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build, with short dark hair, and more smartly dressed in trousers and a jacket.
No vehicle was seen but police believe they would have had one parked in either Hill Grove Crescent, Oldnall Road or Russell Road.

Detective Constable Phil Christie of Kidderminster CID said: "The woman did exactly the right thing in demanding to see identification, and when the men could not provide it, refusing to be pressurised into allowing them in.
"I would like to hear from anyone who may have noticed two men matching the description hanging around the area, including anyone with information about vehicles they may have been using. We would also like to hear from anyone else who the offenders may have visited in the area at the time."
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Christie on 08457 444888 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

West Mercia Constabulary's Knock Knock campaign has been set up to tackle distraction burglaries and to offer advice on how to prevent them.

Members of the local community can help by:
Keeping an eye on people calling in the area or acting suspiciously
Noting the registration numbers of vehicles parked in the area for a period of time
Encouraging vulnerable people to check a callerís identity carefully and to keep their door on a chain. If they have any doubt about the callerís integrity they should not let them into their home
Calling on vulnerable people on a regular basis. If it is not too much trouble, help them keep their front garden tidy and find reliable tradespeople for any maintenance work that really does need to be undertaken
Calling 08457 444888 to provide information to the police about suspicious people, activity or vehicles however insignificant it may seem
If a distraction burglary has taken place or been attempted, encourage the victim to report it as quickly as possible


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