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Appeal for information following a report of a distraction burglary

October 31, 2014, 5:32 pm

Detectives are appealing for information following the report of a distraction burglary in the Stockmans Lane area of Belfast yesterday morning, Thursday 30 October.

It is reported that sometime between 7.30am and 11am two unknown females entered the home of man, aged in his 80s claiming they were from Social Services. After the females left it was discovered that a savings book had been stolen.

Appealing for information, Detective Sergeant Andrew Madden said: “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or who saw these women in the area yesterday morning to contact Detectives at Woodbourne Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“I would also like to remind people of the importance of looking out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours. There are also some crime prevention steps that can be taken to guard against this type of incident.

“Firstly, please remember that any genuine caller to your door will have identification which you have every right to ask for and check. Genuine tradesmen and reps from utility companies should carry a photographic identification card. Check this carefully. If you are unsure, telephone QuickCheck on 0800 013 22 90.

“Furthermore, before answering the front door, make sure the back door is locked. Please also use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see who is there before opening the door.

“And lastly but importantly, if you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, dont let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.”

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