Distraction burglars target homes in Avenue’s area of Bridlington

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POLICE officers are on the hunt for distraction burglars after a number of incidents in the Avenue’s area of Bridlington.

Burglars have been approaching the homes of elderly and vulnerable people, offering work, asking for a drink or to use the toilet, and when inside stealing anything they see of value.

In one incident a man and woman approached a detached house and offered to do some work for the residents, to the exterior of their house.

The man and woman entered the house via the unlocked front door and once inside stole a purse and jewellery.

Detective Inspector Allison Sweeting of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said: “Humberside police are currently conducting investigations to find and bring these criminals to justice.

“We will continue to do all we can to reduce this crime in the East Riding, and ask that local residents of Bridlington report any suspicious behaviour to aid us in our investigations.

“If you are approached by anyone acting suspiciously asking if you would like any work doing, or if they could use any of your facilities, if you are aware of anybody who has possibly been a victim of this type of crime, or if you have any information in relation to people who may be committing these crimes, you can report it.

“If you would like to report anything to us you can do so in the strictest of confidence by contacting Humberside police on the non-emergency number 101, or in an emergency call 999.”

If your house is approached by someone you do not know and they are acting suspiciously, please follow this advice:

LOCK: Keep your front and back doors locked, even when at home.

STOP: Before you answer the door, stop to think if you are expecting anyone. Check that your back door is locked and any keys are taken out.

CHAIN: If answering the door, keep the bar or chain on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep.

DI Alison Sweeting added: “If someone knocks at your door engaging in conversation, offering to do work or asking for something, you are well within your rights to ask them to leave. Do this and then report it. This will give us a far better opportunity to catch them.”

For further crime prevention advice visit www.humberside.police.uk or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.