Attempted Distraction Burglary in Wilby Last Night

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding an attempt distraction burglary that took place on Mears Ashby Road, Wilby. Unknown males (possibly 3) knock at front door of the elderly victim. The victim unlocks the door, but does not open it. The males state they were present due to a gas leak, however the victim had not reported a gas leak. The victim does not open door, and tells the males he had not called them and the males then go away. The males were not wearing uniform consistent with them being staff from appropriate utility company. This happened between the hours of 22:00hrs & 23:55hrs on Saturday the 27th of January.

Did you witness anything?

Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting Ref:  18000043487

We are asking anyone who has contact with an elderly or vulnerable person to pass on the gentle crime prevention reminders to help prevent them from becoming a victim of doorstep crime.

‘If you are not sure, don’t open the door’

  • Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole to identify callers. Alternatively talk to them through an adjacent windows.
  • Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind.
  • Set up passwords with your utility companies, genuine callers will need to recite this password to you.
  • Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards, if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won’t be either. Obtain telephone numbers direct from the phone directory. Alternatively make a list of your important numbers and keep them near the phone.
  • Look out for those who are vulnerable within your family, or neighbourhoods.
  • In Northamptonshire many agencies have come together to form the Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN). If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702.
  • For help finding a reliable local trader, check out the Trading Standards service ‘Buy with Confidence’ scheme.

If you require any further information or advice please feel free to contact a member of the Wellingborough Neighbourhood policing team on 101 or neighbourhoodteamwellingborough@northants.pnn.police.uk

If you have any information in relation to anyone involved in doorstep crime, please contact us on 101. You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous. These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 
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