Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Knock, Knock. Who's There?

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police.

There have been a couple of recent incidents of distraction burglaries in Reading where vulnerable people have been targeted. 
Around 10.30am on Saturday (8 June) a woman called at an address in Chester Street , Reading and gave the impression she lived around the corner and was locked out of her house. She asked for some help and money which was provided by the victim.
The woman is described as white, between 25-30 years old, 5ft 8ins – 5ft 9ins, slim build wearing black jogging bottoms and carrying an handbag.
Also on Friday (7 June) around 10.30pm a woman called at an address in Hamilton Road, Reading and stated she was locked out of her property and needed to call her mother. She also asked for money which was provided by the victim and a few days later she returned to the property but was refused entry on this occasion.
Thames Valley Police urges people to verify the identity of strangers who call at their homes, either by asking to see their identity card or by calling the company or organisation they claim to be from and checking with them. A legitimate caller will never mind and will be happy to wait while you do this. If someone claims to be from the police, this can be verified by asking for their shoulder number and calling the 101 enquiry line to verify this.
Never let someone into your home without doing this.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity should report it to the police via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Line on 101 quoting URN 733 08/06/13.

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