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Police appeal for vigilance after series of distraction incidents

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Gwent Police is appealing for information and calling for extra vigilance after a number of distraction incidents across the area in recent weeks.

The force have reported a series of incidents between the 16th and 24th of June where a man has tried to gain entrance to property, often claiming that a 'sister' had caused damage to a rear window or greenhouse.

When access has been granted, there have been reports of valuables being stolen.

These are despicable crimes that prey on the elderly and vulnerable. An investigation into all these incidents is currently ongoing, but in the meantime I would ask residents to be extra vigilant and keep an eye out for their neighbours. If someone calls at your home who you think is suspicious, please report it to police immediately. Do not grant access to your home if you are unsure of someone and their reasons to enter.

– DS Michelle Chaplin

Gwent Police have offered this three step plan:

  • If in doubt keep them out - It sounds simple, but if you don't let someone in - they will go away. Don't let them pressure you into opening the door.
  • Be prepared. Be in control - Think about what to say to doorstep cold callers in advance. And keep a list of key contact numbers near your phone so you can check out legitimate callers. Ask all other unwanted callers to go away.
  • Call a neighbour or the police - Contact a local relative or nominated neighbour who can help verify a cold caller. If you think someone is a rogue trader call us on 101. To report a distraction burglar or rogue trader who has taken your money and is still in the area - call 999.

Gwent Police is calling for anyone with information about said incidents to call 101.