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Male posing as gasboard worker in attempted Newark distraction burglary is recalled back to prison

A male imposter who posed as a gasboard worker in an attempted distraction burglary has been recalled back to prison.

The fraudster knocked on the door of a Newark property and tried to gain entry to read the gas meter.

When the occupier asked for identification to prove who he was, the offender made off.

Distraction burglary.
Distraction burglary.

Officers managed to make a quick a swift arrest and the male was found to be on a recall to prison.

Nottinghamshire Police said: "There have been a number of distraction burglaries in the area but since this arrest, no further offences have been recorded so it looks like we got our man.

"We are still out and about in both marked and covert vehicles making additional patrols and ask residents to be vigilant when answering doors at any time, day or night, there's no set pattern, call 999 immediately if you suspect any wrong doing and we will get out to you straight away."

Distraction burglary

  • A distraction burglary is where a criminal calls at your home posing as an official or asks for your help with something. They can make up a story to get into your home. Burglars need not go to the trouble of breaking in if they can just knock on your door and be invited in
  • Always be on your guard when anyone you’re not expecting turns up at your door. An honest face or good story can hide a trick to get into your home
  • Follow the advice on this page to help prevent you becoming a victim of distraction burglary.

LOCK — Keep your front and back doors locked even when you are at home.

STOP — Before you answer, stop and think whether you are expecting anyone. Check you have locked the back door and taken the key out. Look through a spy hole or window to see who the caller is.

CHAIN — If you decide to open the door, put the chain or door bar on first, if you have one. Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the caller. With PVC doors, it can be difficult and costly to fit a door chain, consider fitting a Secure Ring instead.

FIRE SAFETY — Only put on your door chain as you answer the door, don’t keep it on all the time as this could delay your exit in case of fire.

CHECK — Look at their clothing. Some official callers will have a uniform bearing their organisation name or logo. Even if the caller has a pre-arranged appointment with you, check their identification card carefully. Close the door while you do this.

If you are still unsure, call the company concerned to verify their representative’s identity.

If you have information regarding burglary, the handling (sale/disposal) of stolen property or any other crime then dial 101. Or you can report anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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