Locking out the distraction burglar

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Locking out the distraction burglar

Residents in Burford can learn how to beat the bogus caller on Wednesday 21st November.

From 9.30am to 1.30pm Thames Valley Police will be providing advice on how to deal with suspicious callers. Information packs, containing leaflets and stickers to put on front doors, will be handed out to residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable.

Bogus callers awareness days have recently been held in Woodstock and Chipping Norton following an increase this year in distraction burglaries across the district.

Bill Butcher, Crime Reduction Adviser said, "West Oxfordshire is just one of the many districts that suffers from distraction burglaries. We want to crack down on this despicable crime by getting important advice out to residents. Previous events have proved very successful and Burford is one area that has suffered several distraction burglaries this year."

Trading Standards, Anchor Staying Put and Age Concern have teamed up again to offer their services at the event. Trading Standards will advise on rogue traders while Anchor Staying Put provides a small repairs service to the elderly and disabled.

Local MP, David Cameron, has added his backing to the Bogus Callers campaign: "I think this is a very worthwhile campaign, which we can all get behind. We all have a responsibility - politicians, neighbours, businesses - to strengthen our communities and create a society that is safe."

The mobile police station and display stands will be set up in Frethern Road for people to visit.

Posted : 12/11/2007 14:54:03

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