Glastonbury woman the victim of distraction burglary
By abbie_glasto | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 13:33
An elderly Glastonbury woman was the victim of a distraction burglary on Tuesday (15 January).
Anyone with information on this distraction burglary should contact the police on 101 quoting the crime reference below
Police are now appealing for witnesses and information connected with the incident.
At around 4.20pm on 15 January, a woman knocked on the door of an elderly lady's address on St Edminds Road, Glastonbury, asking for directions to the town centre.
While the lady helped with directions, a man accessed the property via the rear door of the property which was unlocked.
A wallet containing cash was stolen and the man was seen running away towards Norbins road.
The woman who knocked the door also left in the direction of Archers way.
Officers investigating this incident are appealing to the public for information and would like to speak to either of these two people, or anyone able to identify them.
The woman is described as white, in her 20s and around 5ft 1 inches tall, of a slight build with dark hair. At the time of the burglary she was wearing jeans and a dark coloured anorak.
The man is described as around 25-years-old, around 5ft 5 inches tall and of a medium build. He was wearing a 'fur type hat'.
Police are now advising all Glastonbury residents to be wary of unexpected callers at the door and have issued the following advice:
- Anyone who may have information in relation to this crime is asked to contact us, on 101 quoting crime reference number 5102/13.
- If you're not sure who is at your door, don't open it or let anyone into your home.
- Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or on a bill. Don't use any telephone numbers provided by the caller – they may be bogus.
- Genuine callers won't mind making an appointment for a date when you can have someone with you. This gives you time to check their identity too.
- Call a neighbour or friend nearby to come along and check out the visitor.
- Many service providers provide password schemes and it can be helpful to sign up to these. When unannounced callers knock at your door they should know the password if they are genuine.
- Keep doors locked and windows secure at all times.
- Where possible, have a safety chain fitted and always attach the chain before opening the door to strangers.
- If somebody asks for your help, needs to make a telephone call, claims to have lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or pen and paper, for example – don't invite them into your house. If you really want to offer help, make them wait outside and while you are away from your door close and lock it.
- Remember it's your doorstep, your decision.