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Helping to prevent ‘distraction burglary’

Regeneration bosses in Liverpool have been tackling the issue of bogus callers intent on burglary with the help of the police and an amateur dramatics group. Older people in Merseyside have been warned about the threat of fraudsters at a special event held at the city’s Fairfield Police Club. Merseyside Police helped to organise the day, which was funded by Kensington Regeneration new deal for communities initiative.

Residents were given information on the dangers of distraction burglary. Examples of distraction burglary include callers pretending to be from various utility services in order to gain access to homes. Victims of the crime are usually elderly or vulnerable and it is good to see Kensington Regeneration, as the largest new deal for communities initiative in the UK, combating the problem.

The day kicked off with a series of safety speeches from the Kensington new deal police team, who highlighted the tricks and methods used by bogus callers. These points were illustrated by examples, such as an 84 year old woman whose property was raided by conmen posing as window cleaners.

There was also an interactive play, put on by the Evergreen Drama Group, which gave residents tips on how to spot a fake ID. Police officers were on hand to sign up individuals who wished to undergo a free crime prevention survey in order to make their homes safer.

The event was attended by various agencies, such as Age Concern and Kensington Health Energy Advice Team, who were available to discuss concerns and give advice. The day was positively received by all who attended and is a step forward against the crime.

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