Distraction Burglaries

Alert message sent 02/12/2015 09:59:00

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Good Morning,

We would like to raise everyone's awareness of a distraction burglary technique which is being used in our area.

Teams of around 3 or 4 people, usually of European ethnicity, target one town, presumably travelling by car. One person watches an elderly victim use their bank card at a cash machine or in a supermarket. This person obtains the victim’s PIN and then communicates with other team members who then stop the victim, often in the supermarket car park and use a technique to distract them.
Techniques used have been to ask directions to the nearest hospital, to drop money on the floor in front of the victim or in one case to squirt tomato sauce all over the victim and then offer to help clean it off. Whilst the victim is distracted, their bank card is stolen.
 
Once the card is stolen it is used IMMEDIATELY in the local area, usually at cash machines first or sometimes in the victim’s own bank – especially if they bank at Barclays who now have automatic tills within the branch where large sums can be withdrawn. The card may also be used to obtain euros
at premises such as the post office or travel agents or possibly at cash generators or other pawn brokers.

Please be vigilant when using cash machines. Always cover your PIN, and keep your bank cards and all other valuables safe.

Make sure bags are zipped up or fastened, and please report anything suspicious to us, by calling Cheshire Police on 101.
 
Kind regards,

PC 4976 Jennifer Rae

Northwich LPU

 
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Jennifer Rae (Police, PC, Northwich LPU North Response)

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