Distraction Burglary

Beware of Distraction Burglary

Please Be Aware!

​Unfortunately, in these difficult times, there are some people who try to exploit others for financial gain.

​We have recently been made aware of burglar(s) going door to door pretending to be Fire Risk engineers, in an attempt to gain entry into your property to steal items. Most recent reports from Kings Close NW4 05/05/2020 (Hendon Ward).

​A number of scams have been attempted in the borough – and we are asking all residents to be extra vigilant during the coronavirus outbreak and to remember to: 

1. When someone knocks at the door, stop and think:​

  • Are you expecting anyone?
  • If someone is claiming to be from a company remember to ask what it is they are there for.
  • Always ask for an ID or any associated paperwork – get them to pass these through the letterbox as at this point you should still have your door closed.
  • If you have any doubt you should ring the company they say they are from independently. Never ring the number given by the caller but instead locate it from another source, e.g. phonebook or directory enquiries.

2. Extra measures:​

  • Ensure that your back door is always closed when answering the front door. Callers intent on gaining access to your property may be working in pairs – whilst one distracts you at your front door the other may be trying to enter your property via the back.
  • Never keep large sums of money in the house – use a bank or building society if possible.
  • Keep valuables and items of sentimental value where they are not easily accessible – the use of a small safe might be appropriate.
  • Keep documents containing personal details out of sight, e.g. passport, utility bills, bank statements etc.
  • ·Keep your keys in a safe place and not on display.

3. Call the police:​

  • If you are suspicious or feel that the caller may be bogus.
  • If someone forces entry or enters your home without permission.
  • If you notice valuables or money have gone missing shortly after someone has visited.
  • Whenever you think a crime has been, or is about to be, committed.

Report crime by calling 101 or in an emergency call 999.
Remember, you can also report crime online on our website: https://www.met.police.uk/

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