Police appeal after three homes targeted in distraction burglaries

PUBLISHED: 17:04 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 04 September 2018

Police are looking to speak to these three men. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police are looking to speak to these three men. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary


Police are urging people to be alert after distraction burglaries took place at three houses yesterday (Monday) afternoon.

Between 2.30pm and 4.40pm thieves tricked their way into homes in Donstan Road, in Highbridge, and Stoddens Road and Berrow Road in Burnham-on-Sea and searched for cash and valuables.

All three homeowners affected were in their 80s.

Sergeant Ryan Edwards said: “Thankfully nothing seems to have been stolen in two cases, with a building society book taken in the third.

“This sort of doorstep crime remains rare but it can be very distressing for vulnerable older people and we’re targeting our patrols in the area to provide reassurance.

“Please make your family or friends aware of these incidents and the simple steps to take to deter these criminals.

If you see someone acting suspiciously at a neighbour’s property call us straight away, ring 999 if a crime is being committed or otherwise call 101.”

“As part of our ongoing investigation we’re especially keen to trace three men.”

Anyone with information should call the non-emergency number 101 and quote reference 5218197748.

There are two main tactics used by distraction burglars:

• Distracting a householder on the doorstep or in the garden, while an accomplice enters the house to steal.

• Claiming to be from a utility company needing to urgently check water supply or electrics to get into a house.

Sgt Edwards’ doorstep crime prevention tips include:

• Never open the door to an unexpected caller until you have checked their identification, use a door chain or viewer. Genuine callers expect it.

• If you are not sure, do not open the door.

• If you are suspicious of a caller tell police straight away, ring 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated, otherwise call 101.

• Keep your cash in the bank, not at home.

• Keep windows and doors secured if you are not in the room.

• If you see someone calling door-to-door, but only on frail or elderly neighbours, call 999 straight away.

• Join neighbourhood watch.

• Nominate a neighbour to help you deal with unexpected callers - http://bit.ly/2FHDIfN

For more information, visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

More from Weston Mercury

A concert featuring some of Weston’s most popular acts will come to the Grand Pier this Christmas.

Read more

The first of this year’s Go Kids Go! money has been spent by a Weston-based scout group.

Read more
23 minutes ago

A Mead Vale youngster has sold handmade festive goods to help those who need food over Christmas.

Read more

An artist hoping to remind people of the ‘true meaning of Christmas’ has created a 20ft angel in Locking Castle.

Read more
Yesterday, 21:00

Festive fliers have been advised to pack presents in their hold luggage to avoid them being unwrapped at security.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Girls from across the Extend Learning Academies Network in Weston came together for an inter-schools football tournament.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Weston stroke survivors could benefit from a ‘life-changing’ new rehabilitation programme.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A couple’s home was raided while they were partying the night away at a police ball. The story featured in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Indie rock band The Zutons will perform in Bristol next spring.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

Work has begun on Weston’s £11million flagship food and drink centre, which is expected to bring 250 jobs to the area.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists