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Distraction Burglary Advice

Alert message sent 11/09/2019 08:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Dear residents,

Please take a few minutes to read the advice below about how to avoid becoming a victim of a distraction burglary.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Encourage residents to call 101 to advise of any unexpected callers - this gives Police a better chance at building a picture of where potential criminals are operating.
  • If theres any doubt in your mind about the situation ALWAYS say NO.
Many thanks,

Basingstoke Neighbourhoods Policing Team.
 
Message sent by
Ryan Long (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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