Saturday 4 December 2021
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Woman left shaken after man pretending to be from water company robs her home

An elderly woman has been left shaken after having money stolen from her home after a man pretended he needed to check her water supply.

Officers are now appealing for witnesses and information to help with their enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Lauren Morgan is leading the investigation. She said: “We were called to Hawthorne Avenue in Hucknall following a report of a distraction burglary.

“It was reported an 85-year-old woman had been approached by a man at her front door to check the water at the property at around 10.30am on Friday morning.

“Once inside the house the man has taken cash from the victim’s purse.

“We are now asking the local community to be vigilant. Thankfully the victim suffered no injuries, but she is still quite shaken after the incident.

“Burglary is a priority for Nottinghamshire Police, with dedicated burglary teams now focused on tackling and reducing burglary in the city and county.

“We want to reassure the people of Nottinghamshire that we will continue to pursue those committing burglaries and remain committed to catching those responsible and bringing them to justice.

“Distraction burglars often prey on our most vulnerable residents, tricking their way into homes by making up stories, by pretending to work for an official company or asking for help to try to gain entry.

“We want to remind people to be on their guard, especially if someone you’re not expecting – a man, woman or even a child – knocks on your door.

“Don’t allow anyone without valid identification access to your home and, if you’re unsure, don’t let them in. Keep the chain on the door while talking to them and check with the company that the person is purporting to be from.

“Our advice is always to say no to cold-callers and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

“Residents, particularly the elderly and those who live alone, should remain vigilant and ensure that their home is secure at all times.

“We’d also urge those who know people who are potentially at risk, to advise them of the signs, remind them to not let in unexpected callers and what to do if they are targeted.

“If you saw anything suspicious please call 101 quoting incident number 363 of 28 August 2020.”