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Neighbours praised for foiling burglary
4:30pm Friday 12th October 2012 in Ledbury
POLICE are praising residents of Redmarley for their vigilance and urging others to remain on their guard after an abandoned distraction burglary attempt.
A woman in her 80s was targeted at her home in the Playley Green area between 4.30pm and 5pm on Thursday, September 27. A man entered via a back door and talked to the woman about work he claimed he was doing next door, raising her suspicions.
After being asked to leave, he picked up the victim’s front door key and unlocked it before leaving via the back door again. It is believed another man was poised to enter via the unlocked front door but that the offenders abandoned the burglary attempt because of the presence of neighbours who were suspicious of their behaviour.
Crime reduction officer Paul Francis said: “It’s great that people in the community were aware of the danger of distraction burglars and called police quickly.
“In terms of advice for residents, firstly keep your front door locked and use the peep-hole or chain if you have one. Don’t let people in unless it’s someone you know and trust or a business caller who has made a prearranged appointment.”
Anyone who saw the men involved or has any information about the incident is urged to call 101, quoting incident 308 of September 27.
Information can also be given anonymously by calling 0800 555111.