Residents in the Addlestone area of Runnymede are being advised to be alert to their home security following a distraction burglary on Friday, 6 December in which a pensioner was targeted.
The 75-year-old householder responded to a knock on her door from a man claiming to buy gold and silver in exchange for cash. Later, the woman discovered that several other items of jewelleryand believes they must have been taken between 12 noon and 2pm.
Detective Constable Anne Simpson investigating said: “I am urging people to be aware of the dangers of selling goods such as gold and silverware to unknown people and company representatives at the door. We strongly advise that such transactions should only be carried out with reputable agents.
“I am also urging anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or anyone acting in an unusual manner in the vicinity around the time of this offence to contact officers as soon as possible by calling 101.
“I am advising residents to stay vigilant. Neighbours of elderly homeowners can help by making them aware of the potential pitfalls and keep an eye out for suspicious people around their properties.
“Under no circumstances should you let an unexpected visitor into your home. Always stop to think whether you are expecting any callers, use the chain if you do decide to answer the door and check for identification before letting anyone in. Don’t be taken in by con artists, however convincing their story may sound.
Anyone who may have information which may help Surrey Police bring these offenders to justice is asked to call 101 quoting reference 45130004379.
Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111.