Elderly man loses his iPad to 'cynical' doorstep burglar in Herne Bay

Contributed by editor on Apr 16, 2018 - 07:05 PM

Kent Police is investigating a report of a distraction burglary in Herne Bay in which a tablet computer was stolen.

A man called on the elderly victim at his home in The Broadway area of the town at around 11am on Thursday 12 April 2018.


Claimed to be from the council

Detective Inspector Dave Cox said: ‘The man claimed he was from the council. He told the occupant there had been a number of burglaries in the area and that he had been sent out to offer crime prevention advice and needed to check the security of windows and doors.

‘The victim let him into the property but became suspicious when the man couldn’t produce any ID. Later he realised an iPad had been stolen.’

The man is described as white, aged between 25 and 30, 5ft 8ins to 5ft 9ins tall, with short dark hair and a local accent.

Grey hooded top

He was wearing a grey hooded top, blue tracksuit bottoms and blue and white trainers.

DI Cox urged people to be vigilant and to look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours and relatives. He said: ‘Distraction thieves often prey on a person’s good nature. It was particularly cynical of this offender to talk his way into the house while purporting to be offering advice on home security.

Don't be a victim

‘But there are ways people can protect themselves,’ he added.

This includes:

• 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. If the person purports to be a police officer and there is any doubt, always contact Kent Police to confirm their identity

Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw a man matching the above description or anyone acting suspiciously in The Broadway area on Thursday.

If you can help please phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number ZY/19042/18.

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