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Merseyside Police detectives are appealing for information after a distraction burglary against an elderly woman in Cressington yesterday, Wednesday 6 December.

At around 7.20pm, a man knocked on the door of a house on Beechwood Green and gained entry to the premises by claiming to be from the council and dealing with burst water pipes in the area.

Whilst inside the house, cash was stolen from a room before the man left. Enquiries are ongoing to establish his description. Local policing officers will be distributing crime prevention advice and offering reassurance and detectives are appealing for any information to get in touch.

Detective Inspector Terry Davies said: “This was a despicable offence against an elderly woman, which has left her feeling extremely distressed. It’s hard to believe that anyone would stoop so low as to con their way into the home of an elderly person and steal money, especially this close to Christmas. If you live in the area and have recently been visited by anyone claiming to be from the council or doing any work on water pipes, please let us know.

“Offenders like this deliberately target the most vulnerable in our community in their own homes, a place where they have a right to feel safe and secure, and we are actively working to identify the person involved in this incident so they can be brought to justice.

“There are a number of steps people can take to help prevent this type of crime so I would ask people to take a few minutes and ensure that any elderly or vulnerable relatives, friends or people in your care are given the right advice and guidance, work which we also carry out in our communities.”

Do not open your door if you are unsure who the caller is. Always make sure you know who visitors are by asking to see their identification. Never let people into your property if you don’t know them
Always keep the key chain on the door whilst talking to callers and always check their ID before letting them into your home.
Genuine callers won’t mind you doing this. If callers haven’t got valid identification, don’t let them in
Bogus callers often pretend to be someone official, for example, from a utility company or the water board. They will also try to distract people by asking for a drink of water or if they can use the toilet. Remember “if in doubt, keep them out”
Remember to close and lock the back door before you answer the front door.
It’s a good idea to have a viewer or spy hole and a stout chain fitted to all the external doors to the property
Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home. It’s better in the bank where it’s safe
If someone asks for your help (for example, if they want to make a telephone call or claim to have lost a ball in your garden) always ask a friend or neighbour, or someone else you trust, for help

Anyone with information which could help the police with their inquiries is asked to contact the non-emergency 101 quoting reference number 0517313863 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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