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Homeowners warned to look out for 'fake police'

Homeowners are warned to be on their guard following a wave of distraction burglaries by offenders posing as police officers over the weekend.

Homeowners are warned to be on their guard following a wave of distraction burglaries by offenders posing as police officers over the weekend.

Three incidents took place in the space of just over half an hour on Saturday July 25 at addresses in Kings Heath, Hall Green and Yardley Wood.

Although not dressed in uniform, the men called at residents’ homes wearing yellow jackets or showing a fake identification card in order to gain entry.

Despite their efforts the thieves left empty-handed from each house they visited between 2.45pm and 3.20pm, except for one where they swiped a wallet that did not contain any money.

Superintendent Peter Blackburn, from Kings Heath Police station, advised residents to always ask to see identification from callers to check they are who they say they are.

“Fortunately, on these occasions, the residents were not injured and the offenders left empty-handed,” he said. “If unsure about the caller they should not be let into the home.

“Local uniformed police officers will be visiting addresses in the area and giving advice on the nominated neighbour scheme. This is where elderly residents can nominate a friend or relative who will confirm the authenticity of a caller before entry into their home is allowed.”

 

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