Wed 22 January 2020

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Alert message sent 13/10/2019 22:26:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

We are currently seeing an increase in distraction burglaries across the force.

Distraction burglaries are so-called as the offenders usually deceive their victims into believing that they are attending the location for legitimate purposes before committing the offence. This is often in the guise of being from the water board, council, gardeners and on occasion police officers. By using this tactic offenders gain the trust of their victims, gain access to their property and then go on to steal from them. On occasion offenders have used violence against victims to enable entry. The victims of the offences are generally vulnerable, elderly people.

West Midlands Police are working hard to locate and arrest anyone suspected of these offences and bring them to justice. However, it is always useful to share information with the public so that steps can be taken to help us prevent offences occurring.

Our ask of the community is that they become 'nosey neighbours'. If you have neighbours that
are elderly or vulnerable in other ways please be observant. If you see something that doesn't look or feel right pop out and say a quick hello, find out if everything is okay. If you have concerns or suspicions contact us. Some offenders will scope out potential targets. Have you seen anyone acting suspiciously? Suspicious activity involving vehicles? Can you take the registration number? Something so simple could be the break-through that we have been looking for or may just prevent your neighbour from becoming a victim of crime. Suspicious behaviour can be reported via Webchat or Tel: 101. Anything of an urgent nature should always be reported via 999.

Do you have vulnerable/elderly family members? Are you happy that they have equipment in place to help keep them safe? Do they have a door chain, if so do they use it? Do they have CCTV? If they keep large sums of money on the premises please encourage them to bank it.

We have attached a poster about these offences for your information.
As a neighbourhood team we are always willing to provide crime prevention advice, if you feel that this could be of benefit to you please make contact with us.

We would never ask or advise anyone to place themselves at risk and any such situation should be a matter for us but your observations and care for your neighbours could make a big difference.
Message sent by
Tony Hinton (Police, PCSO, Walsall, Walsall Outer, Darlaston)

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