Thames Valley Police is issuing advice to elderly residents following ten recent distraction burglaries in Slough.
Investigating officer, Detective Inspector John Wordsworth based at Slough police station, said: “We are aware of a number of distraction burglaries in the area which are believed to be linked.
“In each case the offenders worked in a small group, of between two and three people, and visited the homes of elderly victims claiming to be from the water board. While one of the offenders distracted the victim by engaging them in conversation, the other offender walked through the property and took items of value including cash, gold and jewellery.
“You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim as follows:
telephone numbers listed in your local directory – don’t use any telephone numbers provided by the caller.
“Residents may notice additional patrols in the area as we work on the investigation. Officers are also working with Slough Borough Council to promote crime prevention advice to those most at risk.
“If you have elderly or vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, please make them aware of this fraud and share our crime prevention advice.”
The ten incidents occurred as follows:
The first incident took place on 28 January around 1.45pm in Minster Way.
The second incident took place on 1 February around 12.45pm in Springfield Upton Road.
The third incident took place on 8 February around 6.30pm in Stoke Road.
The fourth incident took place on 11 February around 3.30pm in Uxbridge Road.
The fifth incident took place on 12 February around 11.30am in Charter Close.
The sixth incident took place on 14 February around 11.30am in Kimberley Close.
The seventh incident took place on 19 February around 3.45pm in Charter Close.
The eighth incident took place on 26 February around 11.30am in Borderside.
The ninth incident took place on 6 March around 2pm in Grampian Way.
The tenth incident took place on 11 March around 2pm in Knolton Way.
Notes to editors
Three males have been arrested in relation to the incident on 26 February. All three have been released under investigation. They are a
44-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy, both from Fulmer, and
a 17-year-old boy from Bampton. All three have been released under investigation.