Distraction burglaries in Potters Bar and Cuffley
PUBLISHED: 09:20 07 November 2016
Police are investigating five distraction burglaries in Hertfordshire, including one that took place in Potters Bar and one in Cuffley.
The crimes happened in Cuffley, Potters Bar, Hitchin and Waltham Cross on Saturday, November 5, and in each incident the offenders claimed to be police officers. Each of the victims were elderly.
One crime took place in Wyllyotts Close, Potters Bar between 9.30pm and 10.15pm.
Another incident took place in South Drive, Cuffley, between 9.10pm and 9.30pm.
Earlier in the evening, there were distraction burglaries in Kingswood Avenue in Hitchin at approximately 6.15pm, and in Turners Hill, Waltham Cross at around 8.20pm.
Police are appealing for information and urging householders to be vigilant, and follow crime prevention advice.
Detective Inspector Jason Thorne, said: “We are urging people to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to us as soon as possible.
“We are following a line of enquiry that these incidents are linked and working hard to find those responsible. I would urge anyone who has been approached in the same way, or who has seen anything suspicious, to contact police.
“These offenders are mostly claiming to be police officers or other bogus official, if someone calls at your door claiming this, ask to see their ID and contact the Constabulary via 101 to verify their identity. Any genuine police officer will have no issue with anyone doing this.
“Never open the door to a caller that you are not expecting, and if you do get a suspicious call, contact police immediately.
“Sadly, in the majority of distraction burglaries, it is the older people in our communities who are targeted, so I would ask people to pass this crime prevention advice on to older relatives, friends or neighbours.”