The police warn of Exmouth and Topsham distraction incidents

PUBLISHED: 11:58 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 10 June 2010

THE police are warning Exmouth and Topsham residents not let strangers into their homes.

THE police are warning Exmouth and Topsham residents not let strangers into their homes.

Devon and Cornwall Police's warning follows a number of distraction type incidents in the two towns.

A man last week called at the home of an elderly Exmouth woman claiming to be from a charity representative.

The man left after the woman refused to let him into her home.

On the same day two men called at the home of an elderly woman in Topsham and told her they were there to clean the windows, but did not have a long enough ladder.

The trusting pensioner allowed the pair into her house

The police said it was not thought anything was stolen.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We are reminding homeowners not let anyone into their homes unless they are expecting them or they know who they are.

"Anyone who is there legally would be only too happy to produce identification and wait whilst this is checked out.

"Residents are also urged to use chains on their doors to prevent easy access and to call the police as soon as they are suspicious of cold callers at the door.

"Research has shown that you are 30 per cent less likely to fall victim to this type burglar if you stop them coming over the threshold.

"Keeping them out is the key to prevention."

Anyone with any information regarding these burglaries is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


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