Great Cornard – Warning to residents to be vigilant following distraction burglary
Police are urging residents to be vigilant against cold calling rogue traders and to report any suspicious behaviour in their neighbourhood following a distraction burglary in Great Cornard yesterday, Wednesday 10 July.
The incident took place between 10.30am and 11.15am at a property in Canhams Road.
The victim – a vulnerable woman aged in her 90s – heard the doorbell and when she answered the door, she was met by an unknown male who asked the woman whether she wanted him to cut her hedges. The woman declined but agreed to let the male in once he said he was a relative of someone she knew. He then asked her to put the kettle on and to go out into the garden to discuss the work.
While discussing the work with the woman, the male stole a purse containing cash from a handbag, a small purse containing change and a further amount of cash.
The male then left via the front door stating that he would return tomorrow to cut the hedge. The male was seen leaving in a white flat-bed type van, which had a flower pattern on the side.
The suspect is described as male, around 6ft tall, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, clean shaven and with short light hair. He was wearing light blue coloured trousers, a light blue long sleeve top with writing on the front and down the sleeve and a light blue hat.
Police are urging members of the public to always ask for identification from any unexpected callers and not to let anyone in if you are not comfortable with who they are. Genuine callers won’t mind waiting whilst you make the appropriate checks to ensure they are legitimate.
Residents are also urged to keep an eye on their neighbours’ homes, particularly elderly neighbours who may be vulnerable to bogus callers or rogue traders.
For more crime prevention advice regarding cold callers, visit: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/coldcallers.pdf
Suffolk Constabulary has also joined forces with a home security company to help make properties in the county more secure. Residents may wish to consider installing a Ring Video Doorbell device which can, via a motion sensor, capture footage of activity outside their property. At present a discount of £40 applies if the discount code NBSNHW40 is used to buy the Video Doorbell 2. Please visit www.ring.com for more details.
If you believe you have been a victim to a rogue cold caller, or if you have any information regarding the above incident, please contact West CID at Suffolk police by quoting reference number 37/40372/19.
Email – DC George
Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Phone – Call 101
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999