Distraction burglary warning after spate in Brent

PUBLISHED: 10:36 12 September 2016

Older residents are being warned to be on their guard

Older residents are being warned to be on their guard


Brent Council is asking residents to be vigilant following a spate of distraction burglaries in the borough.

Suspects have been posing as officials working for the council, and as engineers from utilities companies, as a way of being invited into homes.

The Times understands there were three incidents in Buckingham Road in Harlesden, over one weekend..

The council is urging residents to remain vigilant and look out for elderly neighbours who might fall foul of these thieves.

If you’re not sure, don’t open the door and never let an unsolicited caller into your home without a prior appointment.

Always ask to see an identity card and check it carefully.

If in any doubt, use a number from a telephone directory or their official website and double check.

Genuine callers will not mind waiting or coming back at a later date.

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