Be aware of distraction burglary in the Lichfield area

Please be aware that distraction burglaries targeting the elderly have been reported in the Lichfield area recently. 

In two recent reports on Friday (7 October), two women, claiming to be from the local council, have tricked their way into homes by asking to use the bathroom. Once inside, one of them distracts the victim, whilst the other searches for valuables to take.

Both women are described as white, in their 20s, and Eastern European. They also used a clip board/note pad as props.

In one of the two recent reports, a man in his 80s, reported two gold watches and two gold rings as stolen.

If you know someone who is elderly or vulnerable, please remind them to STOP, CHAIN, CHECK when people call at the door.

STOP – If you are not expecting anybody and they don’t have an appointment, don’t let them in.
CHAIN  – Use your door chain or bar before opening the door
CHECK – Ask to see ID and double check this.

If you are ever suspicious or have any doubts, please do not let people into your property. 
Local officers are investigating the recent reports and carrying out a number of enquiries. There are also increased police patrols in the area.
To report any suspicious incidents, or if you have any information, please message the force on social media or call 101 to pass on the details. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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