Semilong Neighbourhood Watch
[NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COMMUNITY MESSAGING - Northamptonshire West - 14.09.09 - WN12 Dist Burg- 671]
This is a message from Northamptonshire West Police to all residents living in central Northampton.
On Saturday 12 September, about 18.50, a distraction burglary occurred at a property in Portland Place Northampton, whereby an elderly lady was a victim of two, possibly foreign, males who stated they were from the water board and that water was leaking from the flat above. There were signs of disturbance in the bedroom although it is currently unknown whether anything was taken.
Please circulate this message to all NHW members and neighbours especially those who are vulnerable in order to raise the awareness of this type of offence. Also to remind them that there is no such thing as gas, electricity and water boards anymore and they should not open their door to unexpected callers they do not recognise. Where possible, make a note of details such as vehicle registration and a description of the offender.
If you do have any information in connection with a Distraction Burglary or Rogue Doorstep Trader, you can now call our dedicated number 0345 23 07 702 set up by Doorstep Action Network (DAN) to provide a better service for preventing and detecting Distraction Burglaries and Rogue Doorstep traders.
** PLEASE REMEMBER: If a crime is in progress you must call 999 **
If you have any information in relation to these incidents please report using the dedicated Watch line, alternatively contact Northamptonshire West Police or Crimestoppers on the numbers below quoting reference.
**Northamptonshire Police Contact Details**
Northamptonshire Police Switchboard: 101
Alternatively Call Crime Stoppers Anonymously: 0800 555 111