Caller claimed to be from water board

PUBLISHED: 14:06 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:15 31 May 2010

A WOULD-BE burglar posing as a man from the water board had his attempt to steal from an elderly woman thwarted when she became suspicious. At 11.30am on Friday, a 68-year-old woman living in the Frambury Lane area of Newport answered the door to a man cl

A WOULD-BE burglar posing as a man from the water board had his attempt to steal from an elderly woman thwarted when she became suspicious.

At 11.30am on Friday, a 68-year-old woman living in the Frambury Lane area of Newport answered the door to a man claiming to be from the now-defunct water board.

She let him into her house but became suspicious and asked him to leave. He did.

The man was white, in his thirties, around 5ft 6ins tall, of a medium build and with dark hair. He was wearing a blue jumper and jeans.

Acting Sgt Lisa Cox, of Saffron Walden Police, said: "Elderly people and their relatives are advised to contact their utility companies and set up passwords to be used by staff from the companies when they visit. This will enable homeowners to ensure that any callers are genuine."

Essex Police are promoting a national initiative called "Stop, Chain, Check", which urges residents to stop before they open their door to a caller, use the safety chain, and check any caller's identification.

To help ensure the safety of vulnerable people when they answer the door to a stranger, police have suggested they:

Think if you are expecting anybody. Genuine callers will often let you know in advance that they will be visiting;

Put the door chain on before opening the door, and remember to lock the back door before you open the front one;

Ask for any caller's identification and check it closely - if you are unsure, do not let them in; Ultimately, if in doubt, keep them out.

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