Warning following distraction burglaries in Bishop’s Stortford
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Police are urging people to remain vigilant following two distraction burglaries in Bishop’s Stortford yesterday evening (Wednesday 13 December).
The incidents occurred in Rhodes Avenue and Wilson Close, between 8.40pm and 9pm.
It was reported that offenders entered the properties claiming they were from the water board and were inspecting a leak or an issue with a neighbouring address.
A phone was grabbed from the property in Rhodes Avenue, which the victim managed to take back before the offender fled.
Money was taken from a wallet in Wilson Close after a man distracted the occupant while a second offender conducted a search.
Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Collins said: “We understand how distressing these incidents will have been for the victims and that they will cause concern among the wider community too.
“We’re doing all we can to identify those involved and our proactive burglary patrols are continuing.
“Following these incidents, we’d urge people to please remain vigilant around unexpected callers.
“Use a door viewer or a doorbell camera/CCTV system to see who is at the door before answering and always ask to see identification before letting anyone you don’t know into your home.
“If you’re unsure, do not allow them to come in. You can contact companies directly to check if the caller is genuine and arrange for them to come back at a time when you can have a trusted person with you. It’s also a good idea to speak with neighbours if you can, to check whether their story is true.
“These people can be very convincing and will quite often say that the matter is urgent to add an element of confusion, but always be sure before you open the door.
“If you are suspicious of anyone who is trying to gain access to your home, contact police straight away.”
If you have any information which may assist enquiries into the burglaries, please contact police.