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Alert to Eastleigh residents after woman in her 90s targeted by distraction burglar

Alert message sent 13/06/2019 15:39:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Please be alert to anyone you don’t know knocking the door to your friend’s and relative’s homes, and your own, asking for help, after a lady  in her 90s had her purse stolen from her house by a lady pretending she needed to use the phone.

The woman had knocked on the door of Upper New Road in Hedge End on June 12 at around 11pm and asked the elderly lady if she could use her phone saying she had a problem with her car. The lady, being kind, let her in the house. The woman then asked for a glass of water and whilst the lady was in the kitchen, it is believed the woman stole the lady’s purse from the lounge before leaving.

We would like to remind people to remain vigilant and remind elderly friends, relatives and neighbours of the following advice:

• Always use the door chain when answering the door, if you are not sure do not open the door.
• Always check the credentials of unknown callers. Do not phone the number on the ID card, use a phone book or a bill.
• Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold callers on the phone.
• Do not keep substantial sums of money in the home.
• Always keep front and back doors locked.
• LOCK STOP CHAIN and CHECK - if unsure do not open the door.
• Consider joining or setting up a No Cold Calling Zone or Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
• Report any suspicious callers or activity to the police immediately.
• Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family.
Message sent by
Marisa Charles (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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