Filton distraction burglary
Published on: 13 Jan 2013
Warning after Filton man, 88, is victim of distraction burglars
Police are appealing for information following a distraction burglary at the home of an elderly man in Filton.
At around 7pm on Sunday, December 16, two men wearing dark coloured hard hats knocked the door of a property in the Station Road area.
The 88 year old man answered and was told he needed to turn off his water. The men came into the house and the victim turned off his stopcock. They advise they needed to check the water flow and they all went upstairs. When the men left the victim discovered that money had been stolen from his wallet.
Officers investigating this incident would now like to speak to two men or anyone who may have seen them in the area.
The first man is described as white, 20 years old and around 5ft 6inches tall. He was of a slim to average build, clean shaven, and wearing a dark coloured hard hat with a peak, a jacket and trousers.
The second man is described as white, around 20 yrs, around 5ft 5inches tall, of an average build, clean shaven, and wearing a dark coloured hard hat with a peak, a jacket and trousers.
They both spoke with local accents and used local expressions.
Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call us on 101 or alternatively visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
Police in Filton are urging people to be wary of unexpected callers to their door and look out for the elderly and more vulnerable people living in their communities.
The request comes after a number of reports of suspicious people seeking to sell things on householders’ doorsteps, especially in the South Gloucestershire areas.
A force spokesperson said: "A number of people have reported the same tale being told by callers, which is that they are selling door to door as part of a probation-related course after being released from prison. This is not true.
"By law, anyone selling door to door must have a pedlar’s licence or, if their claim is that they are from a utility company, they must show identification.
"If you are not sure who is at your door, stop and think before you open it or let them into your home.
"If someone calls claiming to be from a utility company wanting to check water or electricity or gas readings, then confirm the identity of the caller by ringing the company they are claiming to be from. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider. Don’t use any telephone numbers provided by the caller – they may be bogus.
"Police would urge people to turn away cold callers who knock on your door offering gardening or repair services for cash.
"Remember it’s your doorstep, your decision."