Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for community protection, Councillor Richard Hobbs, is urging residents across Warwickshire to guard against distraction burglary following the burglary at the home of an 85 year old woman in Nuneaton.
The incident took place at Church Street in Nuneaton on the evening of Tuesday 23 January. The woman handed over £40 to a man claiming to be measuring up for communal lighting on behalf of a local authority who failed to return after saying he was going to fetch a receipt .
Councillor Richard Hobbs said:
“This is a terrible incident and is a prime example of what lengths distraction burglars are prepared to go, to get into your home. Distraction burglars are opportunists who prey on the vulnerable, which is why we would urge residents to take extra care when answering the door.
“Few reputable companies would cold call for business, especially in the evening. The best approach is to ensure that you stop, chain and check the identity of the person whose calling before you let them into your home. Distraction burglary is a vile, cowardly crime but it is one that can be stamped out if people follow those few simple tips.”
Warwickshire County Council’s Community safety teams are involved in a number of schemes across the county, aimed at deterring distraction burglars including saying no to doorstep traders. Cards are available to place in your window showing that you do not buy from doorstep traders from your local Police station.
Older residents aged over 50, living in Nuneaton & Bedworth can also contact Tradeline, a scheme, which provides contact details for reputable traders that have been vetted by Age Concern.
Clients can call the Tradeline helpdesk on 08456 123 258, describe the work that they need doing and they will be given numbers of traders whose work has been vetted.
For further information please contact Julie Sullivan, Community Safety Manager on 01926 746804 or Lisa Mowe, Communications Officer, Warwickshire County Council on 01926 412513.