Elderly residents trained in fight against doorstep crimes

PCSO Rachel Matthews highlights the dangers of distraction burglaries to a local resident.
PCSO Rachel Matthews highlights the dangers of distraction burglaries to a local resident.
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ELDERLY and vulnerable people in Balby have been learning how to avoid becoming the victim of doorstep crimes.

Officers from the Urban Safer Neighbourhood Team have been working with Doncaster Council and the Lifewise Centre to raise awareness with those most at risk of distraction burglaries.

The Cedar Social Education Centre and the Westbourne Gardens Community Centre in Balby both hosted sessions, where officers role played scenarios that distraction burglars may use to trick their way into homes.

They also gave advice on what to do if they became the victim of doorstep crime.

Police Community Support Officer Kay Shackleton said: “Bogus official crimes target the most vulnerable people within our society and cause immeasurable amounts of distress to victims and their families.

“They are very convincing and can usually get into the person’s home by pretending to be from a company, or in some cases asking for a drink or to use the toilet. We hope these workshops will educate residents about how to spot a bogus official and prevent themselves from becoming a victim. The message is simple ‘Not sure? Don’t open the door.’”