Reference: Bogus Police Officers
Officers advise residents to stay safe when opening doors to strangers
Kent Police is advising residents to stay safe following reports of distraction burglars posing as police officers.
Detectives are currently investigating eight reports that all describe men who identify themselves as police officers before entering the homes of elderly residents and searching their properties for valuables.
The most recent incident was reported at a property in Blackman Close, Hoo, Rochester, between 7pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 24 January 2017.
The victim said two men identified themselves as police officers who were carrying out an investigation following reported burglaries in the area.
One of the men spoke to the victim while the other searched the property for items to ensure they were stored in safe locations. After leaving the property the victim reported a quantity of cash and jewellery had been taken.
AppearanceThe first man is described as being a white male, in his 60s, with a slim build and approximately 5ft 7ins tall. He was reported to be wearing casual clothes and white knitted gloves.
The second man is described as being white, aged between 30 and 40, with a medium build and approximately 5ft 7ins tall. He was reported to be wearing casual clothes.
Incidents may be connected
Officers have not ruled out the possibility that this is linked to similar incidents reported to have taken place in:
. Lawrence Drive, Gravesend on 26 November 2016 between 10.15pm and 10.30pm
. Tennyson Walk, Gravesend on 26 November 2016 between 10pm and 11.24pm
. Acacia Walk, Swanley on 14 November 2016 between 10.15pm and 11pm
. Rochester Road, Rochester on 14 November 2016 between 9.10pm and 9.29pm
. Vanessa Way, Bexley, on 16 December 2016 between 7pm and 9pm
. Edgehill Gardens, Gravesend, on 16 December 2016 between 6.30pm and 7.40pm
. Gresham Road, Coxheath, Maidstone on 9 December 2016 between 8.50pm and 9.20pm
Can you help?
Anyone with information concerning any of these incidents can call Kent Police on 01634 792209 quoting reference number XY/3742/17.
If you are suspicious of someone claiming to be from Kent Police, do not let them into your property. Ask to see their warrant card and if you’re not sure dial 101 to speak with a call handler who will be able to assist and identify whether or not the warrant card is genuine.
Kent Police would also like to remind residents of some crime prevention advice that could help reduce their chances of becoming a victim to this type of burglary. This includes:
. Locking your back doors and windows before answering the front door – thieves often work in pairs, one distracting you at the front door while the other tries the back.
. Using your spyhole and chain and ask who they are through the door first.
. Checking for identification, even if a person has a pre-arranged appointment.
. Not letting a person in if you are not expecting them and they don’t have ID.
. Closing the door if you need to leave to get something.
. If in doubt asking them to leave and come back at a more convenient time when a family member or friend can be with you.