Doorstep advice

ELDERLY residents are being urged to be more aware when answering their front doors after a spate of distraction burglaries in the area. An incident happened at a house in Trowbridge Close, Highbridge, at about 6.30pm on February 19. Two men called at a

ELDERLY residents are being urged to be more aware when answering their front doors after a spate of distraction burglaries in the area. An incident happened at a house in Trowbridge Close, Highbridge, at about 6.30pm on February 19. Two men called at a house to say a neighbour had suffered a burst boiler and they wanted to check the home owner's property for problems.The woman involved was then prevented from making a telephone call and was kept talking in the kitchen while one of the men ransacked her bedroom and took some cash. The victim was partially sighted and was not able to describe the men to the police. A similar incident occurred later in North Petherton and police believe they could be connected. Two incidents where men claiming to be from the water board entered elderly residents houses have also occured in Yatton and Wrington. On both occasions the home owners became suspicious and the men left the properties empty handed.A police spokesman said: "Householders must remember the Doorstep Code and look at the caller through a window or door. "When they answer the door, they should use a chain and ask them to provide identification if they are officials. Genuine callers will not mind waiting for a few moments while a telephone call is made to verify credentials."For more information about the Doorstep Code visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk


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