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Police in Hart and Rushmoor remind residents to be aware of doorstep criminals

Police from Hart and Rushmoor are reminding residents to be aware of doorstep criminals and to take steps to protect themselves and others.

Doorstep criminals call at homes unannounced. They may claim to be from a utility company or even to be a police officer, and say they need to enter the house to check water or power supplies or to search inside the house for a lost child or pet. The reality is they search the home for money or other items to steal, often making off with hundreds of pounds.

Others may claim to be working in the area and to have noticed a problem that needs fixing, subsequently pressuring the homeowner into paying them in cash for work that hasn't been requested or agreed to. They often charge vastly over inflated prices and the work is either of poor quality or not completed at all.

These criminals are convincing and often target the most vulnerable members of the community within their own homes.

On Monday, July 28, an unknown woman approached the home of an 82-year-old woman on Dungells Lane in Yateley and claimed to be a friend of the victim's daughter in order to gain access to her home.

The suspect was challenged by a neighbour of the victim and left the address. Nothing was stolen.

A 41-year-old woman from Fleet has been arrested on suspicion of burglary. She is currently being questioned by police.

Providing crime prevention advice and reassurance will help to prevent victims from being tricked by these criminals. If you have an older relative, friend or neighbour, please take a few minutes to talk about this issue with them.

Consider joining the Nominated Neighbour Scheme:

Householders who join the NNS choose a trusted neighbour, friend or relative to whom they can direct all unknown callers so that they can verify the reason for their call, check the caller's identity and confirm whether they are genuine.

Further details of the nominated neighbour scheme can be found on our website:

www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/nominated_neighbour

Advice on crime prevention can be found on our website:

www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/safer-home-distraction-burglary

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Hazel Wills       44140271004       30/07/2014            951


Hazel Wills
Corporate Communications Officer - Hampshire Constabulary
Northern Area
External: 01962 871359 Internal: 631 128


Email: hazel.wills.15290@hampshire.pnn.police.uk
Website: www.hampshire.police.uk


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