Bogus house caller warning - LATEST UPDATE from West Midlands Police regarding elderly residents living in the Black Country area

Bogus house caller warning - LATEST UPDATE from West Midlands Police regarding elderly residents living in the Black Country area

LATEST UPDATE 21/10/19:

A further four more people have been arrested in connection with a series of break-ins across the Black Country.

Two men aged 21 and a 25-year-old were arrested in the Wrexham area of Wales last night (19 October) and a 30-year-old man was arrested this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.

All four remain in police custody this afternoon where they will be questioned in connection with the break-ins. Read more here: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/news/further-arrests-investigation-black-country-burglaries-intensifies

Message from West Midlands Police 11/10/19:

"We’ve seen an increase in burglaries where elderly residents are being targeted in the Black Country.

We’re doing all we can to find the people responsible but meanwhile, you can you help us by being extra cautious when receiving unsolicited calls and reporting suspicious behaviour.

We’re investigating at least five break-ins over the weekend where it’s believed three men − thought to be white and in their 30s or 40s - forced entry into homes looking for cash and jewellery in Dudley and Wolverhampton. They follow similar incidents reported in Walsall last week.

Think twice before you open the door to people who arrive unannounced and call us if you see anything suspicious. Can you help look out for elderly or vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours and pass on our safety messages?

Bogus ’workmen’ may say that they need to come in to check something or make urgent repairs. There may be callers who offer to make building repairs or tarmac your drive. Often they’ll ask for money in advance; they may even offer to drive you to the bank to withdraw money to pay them.

Try to remember to ask for ID if you don’t know the caller. Genuine callers will normally make an appointment first and will carry identification with their photograph on, they won’t mind if you close the door while you do this.

If you’re not sure, ask the caller to come back later. You can then check their story by phoning the organisation or company they claim to represent. Look up the number in your own telephone directory or online. Don’t rely on the telephone number on their card - it may be the number of a crook’s partner.

If you’re in any doubt don’t let them in. Phone us if you are worried on 101 and in an emergency dial 999"



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