Distraction Burglary Report
Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Rogue Traders and Scams are one of the three priorities voted on by Chiltern Community Forum’s May meeting.
The following report by Sgt Darren Walsh, of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, based in Amersham, has useful information and advice relating to a real-life incident of suspected distraction burglary.
“Yesterday I spent most of my shift dealing with the victim of a suspected distraction burglary. A flyer had been posted through the victim’s door where a tradesman purported he was doing work at one of the neighbours’ addresses and wanted to know if there was any work that needed doing, and that a discount was available for OAP’s. During the work one of the tradesmen entered the rear of the address and was found looking around inside. Back at the station I discovered that the same people have been using the same method to get work across the Thames Valley area followed by a number of complaints about them being rogue traders. Please take care when strangers are working on your property and lock your doors.
Cold calling doorstep traders who target the elderly and vulnerable do cause concern. They offer services like roofing, block paving, guttering, painting and gardening. There are, of course, plenty of reputable traders offering a range of services but they can still be a nuisance if they cold call against your wishes.
Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards have ‘Stop Cold Calling’ sticker packs. The packs include door and window stickers which can be stuck up outside people’s addresses and will act as a deterrent to unwanted callers. There is also an indoor sticker to remind people of where they can report these traders to.
I have also been working with Chiltern & South Bucks District Councils’ Community Safety Team in finding a way to beat these people. One scheme that could help the most vulnerable is the “No doorstep selling zones” This is where the street residents can decide if they want a sign will be put off to warn would-be traders and Nottingham Knockers away.
Lets keep the most vulnerable safe – Remember the Op Gauntlet phrase “Pause and Think”“.
From Thames Valley Neighbourhood Alert 05/08/2019.
Other Recent Posts
Friday, August 7th, 2020
WHY it is important to report crime and concerns: we can do more to help focus Policing support and attention on our own locality, and even help in the fight against broader crime. Read More...
Monday, June 27th, 2022
All residents are invited to participate in the Forum’s survey of residents’ concerns and the July 12th open meeting with representatives of Thames Valley Police. Read More...
Friday, June 24th, 2022
Congratulations to Sergeant Dan Ryder, awarded community officer of the year at TVP’s community Policing awards 2022. Read More...
Monday, June 20th, 2022
A new South Buckinghamshire local policing area (LPA) has been formed by amalgamating our former Chiltern & South Bucks policing area with Wycombe policing area. Read More...
Friday, June 17th, 2022
The official Annual Report for 2021/22 from Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner. Read More...
Thursday, June 16th, 2022
The Forum would like to thank Inspector Richard Vine for his consistent support and encouragement of the Forum and its efforts over the past four years. Read More...
Thursday, June 9th, 2022
The Chesham neighbourhood team has moved to a new permanent office location within Chesham library Read More...