Detectives are appealing for witnesses and warning residents to remain vigilant after an attempted distraction burglary was foiled in Wickhambrook.
The incident took place between 7pm and 7.15pm on Sunday, December, 21 at an address in Coltsfoot Green.
The victim received a knock at the door from a man purporting to be a police officer, but did not open the door to him and instead asked the man to come to the window, so they could speak to him there and see his identification. The man did not come to the window and disappeared from the property, so at this point the victim called the police. This incident follows a burglary which took place in the village on Friday 19 December, at some time between 3.25pm and 5.25pm, at an address in Ashfield Green.
The rear doors were forced open to gain entry to the property and cash and jewellery were stolen from inside.
Anyone who has witnessed any suspicious activity in the village, or who has any information relating to these incidents, is asked to contact the Bury St Edmunds Priority Crime Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Residents are advised to follow the ‘LOCK, STOP, CHAIN, CHECK’ procedure when responding to callers at the door:
LOCK – Is your back door locked? Always check it is as soon as someone knocks at your door or rings your bell. Bogus callers often have an accomplice who may try to enter your home by the back door while you are distracted.
STOP – Do not open the door until you have looked through a window or used a door viewer to see who is on your doorstep.
Remember, you do not have to open your door to anyone, especially someone you are not expecting or do not know. If in doubt, keep them out by keeping your door shut. Consider calling a friend or relative, if you have a warden call or community alarm, press your button and call them. If the caller looks suspicious or you are frightened, do not open the door call 999.
CHAIN – If you feel that you need to speak to the caller, use a door-chain. Do not open the door unless you put the chain on first so that you can see the person on your doorstep.
Find out who they are and what they want. Close the door again while you do the following:
CHECK – Check their identity. If they say they are from a water, gas or electricity company they will have photo identification. If they cannot produce a bone fide identification card, send them away and close the door.