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Pensioner targeted in distraction burglary: Men claiming to be from water board steal cash

A pensioner has had cash stolen during a distraction robbery at her home.

Two men called to the home of an elderly woman at St Elizabeth’s Court in Dundonald at around 7.30pm on Friday - claiming to be from the water board.

After being invited in, they stayed for around 10 minutes.

But shorty after they left, their victim discovered money had been taken from her purse.

One of the men was described as being in his 40s, while a second was in his 20s, wearing dark clothing with a baseball cap.

Police have appealed for information and have issued information to help people stay safe.

PSNI detective Sergeant Little said: “There are also some simple steps you can take to thwart these callous criminals. I would ask people to look out for their elderly or vulnerable neighbours or family members and share the following crime prevention tips with them.”

1. Think before you open the door and use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.

2. Ask callers for proof of identity. Genuine tradesmen should carry a photographic identification card. Check this carefully. If you are unsure, telephone Quick Check, the special free phone service, on 0800 013 22 90.

Quick Check is supported by all the main Northern Ireland utility companies and they will check if calls are scheduled for your address on that day.

3. Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your back garden or somewhere that may encourage you to leave your house - they may have an accomplice who is waiting to act upon this distraction.

4. If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.

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