Warning after elderly residents targeted by burglars

Police are investigating after several burglaries in the Nottinghamshire area that have specifically targeted elderly people. 

Incidents have occurred Selston, Aspley and Mansfield areas over the last few weeks, where elderly residents have been targeted.

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Between three and four white men have been reported to have knocked at doors, claiming they are investigating a gas leak, before forcing their way into the homes.


Detective Inspector Pam Dowson said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to re-issue some advice to local residents about home security. We’d always recommend using a spyhole or door chain and, if you’re not expecting someone, don’t open the door. If you have any suspicions or concerns about someone’s behaviour, call the police on 999, or 101 if they aren’t currently posing a threat to you or anyone else.

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“It does appear that elderly residents are being targeted, and I’d urge anyone with elderly neighbours or relatives to pass this information onto them as well, and to keep an eye out for them.


“We’d also advise making sure your front and back doors and windows are locked at all times, even when you’re at home.”


If you have any information relating to these incidents, please call 101, quoting incident number 768 of 1 December 2017.

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