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Alert message sent 20/03/2020 09:13:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police in Oxford has received its first report of thieves taking cash from elderly man and promising to go to the shops for him - only to disappear with the cash.

Warnings are being issued by the Police and Trading standards in other areas as growing numbers of people particularly the elderly remain in their homes to protect themselves from coronavirus.

While families, neighbours and community groups are trying to help those who are stuck at home, some cynical thieves are exploiting the situation.

Thames Valley Police don't want to discourage anyone from helping their neighbours or family members in this time of need and don't want to breed distrust in those genuine offers of help.

Advice for our elderly residents –
Try to only liaise with someone you are familiar with.
Try to give small amounts of cash for essentials, do not hand over a bank card.

"Please look out for your neighbours and family members who may not have access to social media and therefore will not be receiving this information."
Message sent by
Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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