Bogus security man attempts burglary at Great Somerford
6:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
POLICE want to track down a bogus security man who kept an elderly Great Somerford resident talking on the doorstep about a series of burglaries nearby as his accomplice sneaked in and searched the house.
The householder answered a knock at the door of his home in Winkins Lane just before 9pm on October 14. The caller, whose face was partially obscured by a scarf, asked about security and jewellery.
While he was there another man crept in through an unlocked back door and searched the living room and kitchen. The householder realised something was wrong and challenged them. Both men are believed to have fled empty handed.
A similar incident happened in Grittleton a week before when a fake security officer told an elderly woman there had been burglaries in the area.
Sgt Martin Alvis warned residents to be on their guard. “It is a classic distraction technique,” he said. “At this time of year it doesn’t hurt to keep the back door locked.”
He urged householders not to let unidentified people into their homes. If callers said they were security or from the police concerned residents could check by telephoning the police themselves.
Anyone with information about the incidents can call Malmesbury officers on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.