Warning to elderly over burglaries

POLICE have issued a warning to elderly residents to be on their guard today after distraction burglars targeted two neighbouring houses in Ipswich.Bogus callers preyed on two women in Selwyn Close yesterday and stole money from both.

POLICE have issued a warning to elderly residents to be on their guard today after distraction burglars targeted two neighbouring houses in Ipswich.

Bogus callers preyed on two women in Selwyn Close yesterday and stole money from both.

At about 12.45pm a man knocked on the door of an 85-year-old woman and said he was from the gas board. He claimed he was investigating a leak in the street.

As the man made his way into the property a second man knocked at her neighbour's door.

The 80-year-old neighbour came out of her home and left her front door open. The second man then entered that property and both men left after a short while.

Both women then discovered cash was missing from their homes.

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Lisa Miller, spokeswoman for Ipswich police, said crimes such as this were rare.

She added: “We are always keen to give the elderly advice and guidance in relation to their security.

“We also want to give them reassurance that the likelihood of them becoming a victim of crime is very rare but simple steps can be taken to ensure they don't become a victim of crime.

“Our main advice is that they don't allow anyone into their homes if they have any doubts or concerns, remember the three words, stop, chain, check.

“People visiting your home from genuine, reputable companies will always have identification and will not mind showing you this or allowing you to phone their companies to check, equally they would be happy to arrange an appointment with you at a more convenient time.”

The first offender is described as a white male, with short dark hair. He was aged in his 20s, was about 5ft tall and wore dark trousers and a dark top.

The second man was white, with short dark hair. He was of thin build, was aged in his 20s and wore dark clothing.

Anyone with information should call Dc Jim Booth at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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