Callous scammers stole a ‘large quantity of cash’ from a flat during a distraction burglary.
Two men reportedly knocked on the door of a flat in Kingston House Gardens, Leatherhead, at about 11am on Monday, May 8, insisting they needed to come inside to fix a potential leak.
Once inside, it is reported one man asked the occupant, a man in his 60s, to go to the kitchen and turn the taps on and off while he was in the bathroom.
Surrey Police believe that during that time the second man entered the flat and took a ‘large quantity of cash’ from the living room.
PC Joseph Brown from East Surrey Area Patrol Team, urged anybody who witnessed anybody acting suspiciously to come forward, and said: “I would advise residents to stay vigilant and if they see anybody acting suspicious around their property or neighbourhood to report it.
"Always challenge callers for proof of identity, a genuine caller will never mind taking the time to show you their identification.”
Some ‘unscrupulous people’ known as ‘bogus callers’ or ‘distraction burglars’ may trick their way inside homes to steal cash or valuables, the force has warned.
Surrey Police has offered the following advice to avoid doorstop crime:
Spotting bogus officials
- Bear the following in mind if you suspect that an ‘official' caller may not be genuine:
- Water company officials do not need to access your home to test water pressure or repair a leak
- If they do need to access your home, they will write to you to arrange a suitable appointment
- Gas or electricity company officials expect you to check their identity before letting them in. They don't mind waiting why you do so
- If you have any doubts, don't let the caller in. Telephone the company to confirm they are genuine. Use a number from a utility bill and not one the caller gives you
- Set up a password system with your utility providers. This is a free service.
- Bogus workmen can be very persistent in persuading you that urgent work needs to be carried out on your property. Our advice is:
- Never agree to have work done by someone who turns up on your doorstep. Say no.
- If you home is in need of repair, use reputable workmen recommended by family and friends.
Other bogus callers
- Be wary of people who knock on your door asking for a drink, looking for lost pets or asking to use your telephone.
- Be cautious of unfamiliar youngsters saying their ball is in your garden. They may be attempting gain access to your home or trying to distract you.
To offer information about the theft in Kingston House Gardens, call Surrey Police on 101 quoting, 45170047456 or report online.