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Don’t be fooled by distraction burglars

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Local MP Meg Munn is working with Yorkshire Water and the South Yorkshire Police to try and raise awareness of the distraction burglary tactics used by criminals posing as representatives of the “water board”.

The latest police figures show that pretending to be from Yorkshire Water is the top tactic used by bogus callers to gain access to resident’s homes, with almost a quarter of crimes instigated in this way. Residents in Heeley are being warned about the ploy and urged to follow some simple steps to ensure they don’t fall victim to the same trick.

South Yorkshire Police’s advice to customers is:

  • Think before you open the door don’t open it all the way before you’ve checked their identity,

  • Fit a door chain or bar to wooden doors, special door chains are available for UPVC doors,

  • Keep your front and back doors locked at all times, even when at home, to prevent ‘sneak in’ burglars,

  • Identification does not guarantee the caller is genuine; ask to check it yourself and contact the company. Do not use the number printed on the card as it could be false, find one in your phone book or on the internet,

  • Use a bank or building society to keep larger sums of money rather than hiding it in your home.

Meg said:

“Distraction burglary has a devastating effect on the lives of victims so I hope my constituents will be taking this advice from the police - keep your doors locked and do not let strangers into your home unless you have verified their identity.

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