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Resident thwarts suspected distraction burglar in Romney Marsh say police

Contributed by editor on Feb 10, 2017 - 06:15 PM

Officers are reminding residents to be vigilant following a report that distraction burglars are operating in Romney Marsh.
 

 

 

A man, claiming to be from the water board knocked on the door of a house in the St Mary’s Bay area between 1.45pm and 2pm on Wednesday 8 February.

 

He told the woman he needed to check her water for chalk and that she would need to pay £30 towards to cost of fixing a broken pipe. The woman refused but the man insisted on checking the water and was able to go through the house to the kitchen. He left a short while later.


The man is described as aged between 30 and 40-years-old, about 5ft 4ins tall and was wearing a waterproof black jacket, black trousers with side pockets and black shows.


Investigation officer Detective Sergeant Matthew Smith said: “Quite rightly, the victim asked him for his ID but he made up a story about it being in his van and not being permitted to remove it. Any legitimate work man will always carry ID with them and have no problem in producing it.

 

Stayed with suspect


“Thankfully the victim stayed with the suspect all the time he was in her house, so he didn’t have an opportunity to take anything. But we would always urge people to never let people onto their property without checking their credentials first.”


Other ways you can protect yourself include:


· Ensuring rear doors and windows are shut and locked when answering your front door.
· Considering fitting extra security measures such as spy holes, door chains, door locks and intruder alarms.
· Always checking the ID of cold callers - a door chain or spy hole will help you do this without letting anyone into your home. Don’t be afraid to turn people away.

 

 

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