Distraction Burglaries and Number Plate Thefts

Safety advice from from the local police


South Acton Safer Neighbourhood Team

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Police are warning that elderly people are being targeted in the Acton Central ward by bogus callers - pretending to be workmen- who steal from the properties.

PS Mark Pullen says:

'Those responsible have attended houses on the pretence of 'carrying out work’ and once inside have stolen items - often cash and jewels.

He advises:

LOCK: Keep you front and back doors locked even when home.
STOP: Before you answer, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Look thorough the spy hole or window to see who it is.
CHAIN: If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or bar on first.
CHECK: If someone who looks official calls at your door always ask for ID and check the details on the card to verify (directory enquiries, ring the company etc). Burglars often use props such as overalls or uniform to fool residents. 
If you have any doubts KEEP THEM OUT!
If you think a bogus caller has called at your door, report it to the Police immediately - dial 999 and tell us what happened.

PS Pullen also reports that there have been several number plates stolen on the ward this month.

''This is not only inconvenient to the victim but stolen plates are often stolen to mask the true identity of a car which is then used in crime.''

Police can provide anti theft screws free of charge supplied by the council.

The screws are easy to fit replacing your existing ones. The anti theft screws are not suitable for those plates secured with tape.

If you would like a set of screws please email your local Police team (Acton Central residents can email me PS Pullen direct) with your name, address and vehicle make/model and we will arrange for the council to send a set of screws through to you free of charge.

30 June 2011


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