Stroud police appeal for information after distraction burglars target elderly and vulnerable people
2:10pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
POLICE in Stroud are appealing for information and residents to protect themselves from distraction burglaries after thieves recently posed as police officers and security guards to gain entry to the homes of elderly residents.
Between October 29 and 31, a number of houses in Cambridge, Stroud, Chalford and Nympsfield were targeted by thieves claiming to be from the police or security companies:
• Between 7.30pm and 7.40pm on Tuesday October 29, at a house on Frome Avenue, the offender has managed to get into the 83 year-old victim's house.
The victim has discovered the offender in her bedroom and upon discovering man has left the bedroom.
The offender has then left the house through the bedroom window. It is not believed any property was taken.
• Between 7.30pm and 8.35pm on October 29, two offenders have knocked on the door of the victim, a 98 year-old woman at her house on Benton Court, Nympsfield.
The offenders have persuaded the victim to allow them to check the house for security.
Once inside, the offenders have taken an amount of money.
• At around 9.10pm on October 29, an offender has entered the home on Dursley Road in Cambridge through an insecure front door.
Once inside, the victim, an 82 year-old woman has disturbed the offender and confronted him.
At this point, the offender has told the victim that he is a security guard and has then left.
• Between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday October 31 the offender, a man believed to be in his 20s got into the house on London Road in Chalford through an insecure window.
The offender was then disturbed by the occupant of the house. At this point the offender has claimed that he is a police officer.
He then left the house, jewellery and an amount of cash was taken.
Inspector Nick Browne said "This type of crime is particularly despicable as it targets the most vulnerable members of our community. If anyone is visited by someone claiming to be a police or security officer, we would urge them not let anyone in and to call 101, or if they feel particularly threatened, 999. Our control room can then let you know if there are officers working in that area.
"Offenders have got into a number of the houses through insecure doors and windows, we would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to make sure that their homes are suitably secure. Advice on this can be found at www.gloucestershire.police.uk.
"We will of course do all we can to locate the offenders and to investigate this matter fully as we continue to crack down on distraction burglaries across Gloucestershire."
Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 500 of October 31.