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Two In Custody As Police Investigate York Distraction Burglary

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11:45am 3rd October 2013

Police have arrested two people in connection with a distraction burglary in York.

The suspects, a 31-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, allegedly called at the home of an 87-year-old woman on Rowntree Avenue, in the Clifton area of the city, at around 6pm on Wednesday 2 October 2013, claiming to be looking for her neighbour, say police.

Officers say the pair tricked their way into their elderly victim’s home and stole her purse before she asked them to leave and called the police.

Officers say they conducted a search of the area and the suspects were arrested on Tamworth Road. They add that they remain in police custody for questioning.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area around the time of the incident or has been visited in similar circumstances is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.

If you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12130171216 when passing information about this incident.

Crime prevention advice from North Yorkshire Police - Not sure? Don’t open the door!

It is important to remember that genuine callers to your home will always be happy to wait while you check their identity.

The following tips can help to keep out bogus callers who visit your home:

* Don’t open the door if you don’t know who the caller is. Check their identity by contacting the company they say they are from – use a number from your local directory, the caller may provide a bogus number.

* Telephone a friend or neighbour to come and check out the caller before you let them in.

* Don’t keep large amounts of cash at home; put it in the bank.

* Keep windows and doors locked at all times, and your door chain on.

* If someone calls at your door asking for help, advise them to go to a younger neighbour.

* If you suspect that you have been visited by a bogus caller call the police straight away, even if you didn’t let them in.

Don’t get conned by rogue traders

Rogue traders are unskilled workmen who call at your door offering to do work which is often unnecessary at massively inflated prices.

Follow the advice below to avoid being tricked into giving them money for sub-standard work.

* Don’t go to a bank or cash point with a trader – legitimate traders would never ask you to do this.

* Legitimate trades people would never pressure you into having work done. If this happens to you, call 999 straight away.

* If work does need doing at your home, discuss it with a friend or relative and ask them to help you find a reputable person or company to carry it out.

* Don’t agree to work or sign anything on the spot – ask for time to think about it.

For more information about keeping bogus callers out visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/boguscallers where there is a video highlighting the impact bogus callers can have on victims’ lives and other useful crime prevention tips.

If you would like to report a bogus caller, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.

If it is an emergency situation, always call 999.

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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