Bogus callers target elderly

PUBLISHED: 14:07 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:12 31 May 2010

ELDERLY and vulnerable people are being warned to be on their guard following two bogus caller incidents. A man in his 90s of London Road, Great Chesterford, was visited by two men who claimed they needed to check his water pressure last Wednesday at 5pm.

ELDERLY and vulnerable people are being warned to be on their guard following two bogus caller incidents.

A man in his 90s of London Road, Great Chesterford, was visited by two men who claimed they needed to check his water pressure last Wednesday at 5pm.

Two men also targeted an elderly man at his home in Victoria Avenue, Saffron Walden, when they claimed they needed to check his water supply.

On both occasions the culprits left empty-handed after the victims, the second being in his 80s, became suspicious and tried to prevent the men from entering their homes.

Sgt Ashley Seymour said the Great Chesterford man managed to stop one of the men getting into his property but the Saffron Walden man was unable to do so.

"The two men in the Great Chesterford incident said they needed to check his water pressure, but the gentleman was able to stop one of them getting in whilst the other man went round the back of the house," he said.

"Although the Victoria Avenue resident tried to stop the men getting in, they pushed past him and he was kept distracted filling pots with water in the kitchen whilst the other assailant searched the property."

The two men wanted in connection with the thwarted burglary Great Chesterford incident are described as white and of stocky build. One was in his 20s and one in his 30s.

Both men wanted following the Saffron Walden hoax are described as white, in their 20s, with short dark hair and one had an Irish accent. Police believe they may have travelled in a green car.

Sgt Seymour said: "I would suggest the incidents are not linked due to the different descriptions, but they have used the same technique and it is unusual to get two incidents within two days, so they are being linked in their nature.

"If you haven't got a door chain fitted, please get one. If anyone else feels they may have been visited by people like these and are concerned please contact us."

An Age Concern spokesman said elderly people should always take care when answering the door.

"Most people who knock on your door will be genuine callers but you cannot always be sure, so it's important to take precautions before opening the door," he said.

"Put the door chain or bar on first before opening, especially if you are not expecting a caller and never keep large amounts of cash in the house."

Contact Det Con Rob Dix on 01799 513232.

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