Householders in Rugby are being warned that bogus callers are targetting elderly people.
There were two incidents in the town on Thursday last week when men called at the homes of older people, claiming to be from the ‘water board’. The men then asked the residents to turn of their stopcocks and, whilst the residents were distracted, they entered their homes and stole items.
On the same day, in Leamington, an elderly lady was conned out of a large sum of money on the pretense that her guttering needed cleaning out.
This type of rogue trader/ distraction burglary activity usually starts around springtime but it is believed that the unseasonably mild weather has brought the activity forward.
A police spokeswoman said: “Please remember that you do not have to answer the door to anyone you do not know, or are not expecting.
“Staff from the water companies never refer to themselves as being from the water board and would never call at your door to ask you to turn off your water. If anyone calls at your home claiming to be from the water or gas or electricity boards, do not answer the door, engage in converstation with them or let them into your home. Please report their visit to police, on 101, immediately.”