Police are appealing for witnesses after a distraction burglary in Ransome Road, Ipswich.
At approximately 2pm on Thursday 24 May, two offenders knocked at the door of a property. The female resident answered the door and the men claimed to be police officers investigating burglaries in the area. They entered the property but the resident became uncomfortable with the situation and asked them to leave.
She activated her personal alarm and a third offender appeared from a room inside her property. The offenders left running towards Nacton Road. Nothing was stolen.
The first offender who called at the door was described as a white man, in his fifties and of a larger build. The second offender was described as man, of a slim build and in his twenties or thirties. Both appeared to be dressed like police officers. The third man was not properly seen.
Police are reminding residents to follow the below advice:
Don’t open your door to anyone you are not comfortable with or expecting, use your door chain and viewer to check.
Always ask for identification from any unexpected callers and do not to let anyone in if you are not comfortable with who they are and verify their identity with the company they work for.
If in doubt, keep them out, particularly if you’re on your own.
Ask them to make an appointment or come back later when someone else is around. Genuine callers won’t mind.
If you are suspicious, report the incident to the police immediately by calling 999. You may help prevent them from burgling someone else.
Be a good neighbour and keep an eye out for elderly or vulnerable residents, assisting them if you see any suspicious visitors. Relatives are also encouraged to do the same.
If you witnessed the incident or recognise either of the individuals described please call the Priority Crime Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.