Bogus Caller Warning To Residents In The Cotswolds

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Bogus Caller Warning To Residents In The Cotswolds

Police are warning residents in the Frampton Upon Severn and Northleach area to be extra vigilant after two incidents involving bogus callers.

The first incident happened at around 10.15am on Tuesday 20 March at an address in Frampton Upon Severn.

A man called at the house of an elderly couple. He asked if they wanted any guttering work done, they said no and he went away. Shortly after a second man called at the house saying he needed to check the water pressure, whilst doing this the original man returned assisted with the supposed check of water pressure and they then left together.

When they had gone the couple noticed around £150-00 was missing.

The first offender is described as a white man, around 5ft 8inches tall, aged in his late twenties with short dark hair. He was wearing a blue jumper and black trousers.

The second offender is described as a white man, around 5ft 8inches tall, aged in his late twenties, with a medium build and short brown hair. He was wearing a blue or black jumper with blue jeans.

The second incident happened at around 12.30pm on Tuesday 20 March at an address in Northleach.

An 83-year-old woman answered the door to a man who asked to check the water pressure. She took him into the kitchen and he asked her to run the tap. He then left and when he had gone she noticed over £1,000 in cash was missing.

The man is described as white, aged in his late teens or early twenties with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark blue jumper, worn jeans and grey trainers. He was also wearing a blue knitted glove on his right hand.

Police would remind people to be extra vigilant when answering the door, always use the Stop, Chain, Check rule.

PC Mark Godsland, Crime Reduction Officer for the Cotswolds and Stroud Division, said: "It is extremely important that people remember never to let any strangers into their house unless they are satisfied they are genuine callers with genuine reasons for being there.

"People should always follow the stop, chain, check rule and keep their doors locked or on the chain until they have checked the caller's identification.

"Genuine callers will not mind waiting or even being turned away if the homeowner is not comfortable with letting them in.

"We would also remind people to keep their doors and windows closed and locked, even when they are in the house."

The stop, chain, check rule is...

* STOP - Are you expecting anyone? Is your back door locked?

* CHAIN - Put the chain on before opening the door

* CHECK - Ask for caller's ID and check it by phone.

If you have any information about either of these burglaries you should call police on 0845 090 1234 quoting incident 128 or 236 of 20 March or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Posted : 21/03/2007 19:37:24

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