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.
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.