Police warning about burglaries in Bedminster

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By Hannah2009 | Thursday, March 24, 2011, 13:05

Bedminster people are being warned to be on their guard against ‘latch burglaries’ and also distraction burglaries ahead of this weekend’s census.

Latch burglaries

‘Latch burglaries’ is the name used to describe burglaries where the thief has gained entry to a property by putting their hand through the letterbox and using the latch to open the front door. 

There has been an increase in the number of Bedminster homes targeted in this way recently. 

Police are advising local residents never to leave their keys in the door, and to make sure their properties are protected by either deadlocking the latch or, if possible, by fitting a five-lever deadlock.

If you would like further information or advice, contact your neighbourhood policing team on 0845 456 7000 or read related advice from the Avon and Somerset Police website here.

Distraction burglaries – census 

Although none have been reported in the Bedminster area, police would like to warn local residents to be wary of any callers claiming to be census collectors.

The census takes place this weekend, on Sunday 27 March 2011.

We are all legally bound to complete the census forms, which landed on our doormats earlier this month, so census field staff will be speaking to householders who have not filled in their forms.

But this shouldn’t be until after 6 April 2011, once the returned forms have been processed.

So be on your guard if anyone calls at your door before then, posing as a census official and claiming to be collecting information for the census – they may be trying to gain access to your home. 

PC Andy Williams works on the police team that tackles distraction burglary. 

He said: "In our experience, fraudsters will take advantage of any situation to con people or to access homes to steal, and the opportunity presented by the census is no exception.

"We are urging people to only answer the questions in the census form. 

"They should not disclose credit card or bank details and not pay any money to anyone claiming to be from the census. 

"Remember if you are not sure, don't open the door."

Census

All genuine census officials will produce an ID card with a photo and logo. 

And while they may ask for your name and the number of people staying at your home, they will not ask for details like credit card or bank account numbers.

If you are unsure about a census official, you can ring the census helpline on 0300 0201 101, to verify whether it is a genuine census call. 

      

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  • Profile image for Mrs_W2009

    It always amazes me that people can be so stupid as to leave their keys in the door or not even bother to set the latch before they go to bed! Its asking for trouble.

    By Mrs_W2009 at 11:38 on 28/03/11

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