Man burgles Hatfield home after claiming he was there to fix water supply
PUBLISHED: 10:03 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 25 September 2018
A bogus caller pretended to fix a Hatfield 80-year-old victim’s water supply but instead burgled the home, stealing cash and jewellery.
On Tuesday, September 18, at around 6.40pm a man visited an address in Travellers Lane claiming he was there to deal with a problem with the victim’s water supply.
After he was let into the home, he then stole cash, a jewellery box, bracelet, watch and ring.
The man is described as white, aged between 25 and 35 years old, wearing all black and a black baseball cap.
He may have been accompanied by another man.
Detective constable Sam Casey, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s serious fraud and cyber unit said: “I am looking for any witnesses who may have seen someone matching this description in the area or who may have CCTV or dashcam footage.
“If anyone has any information or has been approached in a similar way please contact our non-emergency number 101.”
He added: “Bogus callers can be very convincing in order to gain access to homes.
“If you receive a call and haven’t already pre-arranged an appointment, our advice would be not to open the door.
“If you are expecting someone, it’s a good idea to agree a password, which can be given on arrival, to help verify if a caller is genuine.
“Always ask for identification and if you have any doubts, contact the company in question to be sure a caller is who they say they are before you let them in.
“Although distraction burglaries account for a small proportion of burglaries in Hertfordshire, we want to remind people of the importance of only allowing people in when they are entirely convinced that they are who they say they are.
“If you aren’t sure, don’t open the door.”