Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Don't be distracted!
Being burgled is never a pleasant experience, especially the violent kind. I suppose a distraction burglary is certainly less traumatic for the householder, but it's surely hurtful in its way if it leaves you feeling foolish at trusting someone who you thought was 'a decent type.'
Devon & Cornwall Police's community messaging service is an ideal way of warning people about these types who are not decent at all.
The service was highlighted by Chief Constable Stephen Otter when he spoke ten days ago on 21 March at Budleigh Salterton's annual parish meeting. If everyone in the town was part of the service, he said, you become a whole Budleigh Salterton Neighbourhood Watch.
So with that in mind, here's the latest warning I've just received via community messaging. Do pass it on.
"Several distraction burglaries have been committed in the Devon area in the last few days. In some incidents the offender claims to be from the Water Board; in others the Gas Board. These are thought to be being carried out by one male. This male is described as in his 20s, 5ft 6ins tall with short black hair. Please be suspicious of any cold callers, ask for identification and let no one into your house you do not know, however plausible, until you are certain they are legitimate. Cold callers should expect to be challenged these days.
Please phone us with any information on 08452 777 444."