Police camera bid to stop conmen

POLICE have pledged to use cutting edge technology alongside a more human approach to combat the threat of distraction burglaries this summer.

Dave Gooderham

POLICE have pledged to use cutting edge technology alongside a more human approach to combat the threat of distraction burglaries this summer.

With an average of three bogus caller crimes a month in the last year, Suffolk police have urged elderly and vulnerable people to stay safe and secure.

They have identified technology as a key tool in beating the crime - installing cameras in the homes of vulnerable residents to identify every caller - but also revealed residents have a duty to keep their neighbours safe.


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Det Chief Insp Stuart Hudson said: “Bogus callers prey on vulnerable and elderly members of society and we tend to see an increase in such offences as the weather improves.

“We have various pieces of equipment which can help us identify distraction burglars and pass on information to alert others.

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“A number of cameras are available which we can install and place so when a suspect calls their image will be captured, possibly recording a distraction burglary in progress.

“We need the public to be aware of such incidents so that people know how to deal with an unexpected caller and can look out for any neighbours and relatives who distraction burglars might target.”

Police yesterday issued simple safety advice which they hope will combat the problem including a LOCK-STOP-CHAIN-CHECK system to ensure bogus callers don't gain entry to property.

Residents are reminded to check who the caller is before opening the door, asking them for official identity and to lock all back doors and windows to ensure an accomplice does not gain entry.

DCI Hudson said: “A little reassurance can go a long way for someone who feels alone, isolated and vulnerable.

“Community spirit combined with some simple home security and checking the identity of visitors will help keep the bogus callers out.”

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