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Elderly targeted in distraction incidents

Detectives investigating two distraction type burglaries in Randalstown and Newtownabbey are re-issuing their appeal for information.

On Friday it was reported that at approximately 12pm a man called to a house in the Lurgan West Terrace area of Randalstown under the guise that he was checking water.

The man was permitted to enter the house by the elderly female occupant. He went into the kitchen before leaving after the occupant said she was contacting a family member.

It is not believed that anything was stolen during the incident.

Shortly before 1.20pm it was reported that a man went to a house in the Antrim Road area of Newtownabbey under the guise that he was checking water quality.

The man was permitted to enter the house by the elderly female occupant. He went into the kitchen and checked under the sink before leaving.

It is not believed that anything was stolen during the incident.

Detectives would ask anyone who may have noticed any suspicious vehicles or persons in the area to contact CID in Newtownabbey Police Station on the non emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police would take this opportunity to urge householders to be vigilant when dealing with unexpected callers to their home, most callers at your door will be genuine however some devious individuals will try to use the trust and good will of residents to trick their way inside for criminal purposes.

When dealing with an unexpected caller to your door it is always advisable to keep them outside and not let them in until you are sure of their identity.

Ask ALL callers for proof of ID. Inspect their credentials carefully and ensure the photo is theirs. Genuine callers will be glad to show you their identification and will not mind waiting until you have checked that they are who they say they.

For added peace of mind you can telephone QuickCheck 24/7 for free on 0800 013 22 90 and they will check the caller at your door is legitimate.

Do not feel pressured to just let any caller in, if there’s any doubt – keep them out.

Neighbours can also play a vital part in helping protect the more vulnerable in their community against this kind of crime. Look out for suspicious vehicles and people and report ALL suspicious activity to police.

The number to call is the non-emergency number 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

 

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