Distraction burglaries – Ipswich

Police are urging residents to be vigilant against cold calling rogue traders and to report any suspicious behaviour in their neighbourhood following two incidents of distraction burglary in Ipswich on Friday 14 June.

The first incident took place on Friday morning on Aster Road, and the second at approximately 1pm on Sidegate Lane, where a quantity of cash was stolen.

On both occasions, the victims have been elderly residents who have answered the door to two men claiming to be from the water board.

One suspect is said to enter the kitchen, while the other walks to another area of the home to distract the resident.

These incidents are similar to distraction burglary in Sheldrake Drive in the town, which occurred on Tuesday 4 June, and police are exploring the possibility that they are linked.

Police are urging members of the public to always ask for identification from any unexpected callers and not to let anyone in if you are not comfortable with who they are.  Genuine callers won’t mind waiting whilst you make the appropriate checks to ensure they are legitimate.

Residents are also urged to keep an eye on their neighbours’ homes, particularly elderly neighbours who may be vulnerable to bogus callers or rogue traders.

If you believe you have been a victim to a rogue cold caller, or if you have any information regarding the above incidents, please contact South CID at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 150 of 14 June.

Alternatively, this can be reported online on the Suffolk Police website: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update


Advice on dealing with cold callers can be found through the Suffolk Police webpage www.suffolk.police.uk or via this link - https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/coldcallers.pdf


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