Burglars posing as sellers are targeting families

Burglars posing as sellers are targeting families

Justin Burns

Distraction burglars have moved on from only preying on the elderly and are now targeting busy people with families, according to police.

A warning has been issued after two men posing as loft insulation sellers duped a mother-of-two in Priors Road, Windsor, at 2pm on Thursday last week.

The criminals called at the woman's door, before one went upstairs and the other kept her talking and both stayed for half an hour talking about the service.

After telling them she had to go to collect her daughter from school, the distraction burglars left saying they would return later.

After returning from school at 4pm she found a laptop, valuable gold jewellery and a watch stolen had been stolen.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she didn't want to speak at length about the incident as she felt 'foolish' for letting them in.

The first man is described as Asian, mid 30s, 5ft 8, fat or stocky build, short black hair, clean shaven, wearing black casual trousers and dark double breasted woollen jacket.

The second man as Asian, early 20s, 5ft 8, slim build, long shoulder length black hair, wispy goatee beard, wearing dark clothing and black workman’s boots.

Jeffrey Pick, police neighbourhood alert service coordinator, said traditionally elderly, single women, living alone have been targeted, but the crime has moved on.

He said: "Because the elderly are so aware - distraction burglars are now targeting busy people who do not have time and just say OK.

"The new target group are younger busy people with families who are less aware of the techniques used."

Mr Pick issued a warning to householders to be on their guard.

He said: "The rule is do not buy goods and services at the door and politely and firmly close the door."

Call police on 101 if you have information.

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