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Distraction Burglaries

Alert message sent 30/07/2019 14:24:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Residents across the Bourne End area are being warned to be vigilant and
don’t become victim to distraction burglaries.
Offenders, commonly claiming to be from the ‘water board’, target
properties in order to commit distraction burglaries.
If someone knocks claiming to be from the ‘water board’ then there
is every possibility that they are not a genuine caller.
Protect yourself and your property by following this simple safety
advice:
• If you are not sure who is at your door, don’t open it!
• Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are
claiming to be from i.e. gas, electricity, water and police – use the
telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided
independently by your service provider – don’t use any telephone
numbers provided by the caller – they may be bogus
• Don’t let them in until you are satisfied
• If in doubt keep them out!
• If you are suspicious call the police on 101
Please note: the ‘Water board’ no longer exists, it is an obsolete
phrase used only by bogus callers.
If you have any information relating to distraction burglaries in your
area or would like to report a crime please contact Thames Valley
Police via the non-emergency number 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to police you can contact the
independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded
and you will not go to court.
For more information visit Thames Valley Police protecting your
home section of the website.
<http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-home-andbelongings/"
Message sent by
Justine Pritchard (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Administrator , Thames Valley)

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