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Selby distraction burglary victim speaks out

Selby distraction burg EFITFeb 2012

10:16am 26th March 2012

Detectives in Selby are renewing their appeal to identify a distraction burglar who struck at an elderly woman’s home as the victim explains how the crime has affected her.

The burglary occurred at around 3pm on Wednesday 29 February 2012, when a man claiming to work for the water board called at the home of elderly woman in D’Arcy Road in Selby.

Speaking about how the burglary has affected her, the elderly woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said:

“I used to be happy living here but now I’m afraid all of the time, I just don’t feel safe.

“I’m so frightened to be by myself, in my own home, that I have to keep calling my son to come and sit with me.

“I’m so afraid of this happening again that I don’t keep any money in the house and rely on others to keep it safe for me.

“I can’t get out of the house because of my health. I feel as though I have to keep all the doors and windows locked and I can’t enjoy the air on a beautiful day.

“I’m not sleeping at night time and if I do manage to get a little sleep in the day, all I can see his face when I shut my eyes.”

“This has been a truly awful experience and I beg anyone who can put a name to this man to contact the police before he ruins someone else’s life, after all it could be your grandma.”

Detective Constable Carol Kirk, of Selby CID, said:

“Criminals committing this type of offence are particularly callous and nasty individuals. They are, at heart, cowards who prey on vulnerable members of our communities.

“I urge anyone with elderly family, friends and neighbours to keep an eye for them. If they see anyone they don’t recognise calling at a house go and check the homeowner is happy with their identity. If they aren’t genuine, you may well stop a crime from happening.

“I would also like to remind elderly homeowners that just because an unexpected visitor to your home claims to be there on official business, it does mean that there are.

“You don’t have to let anyone into your home that you are not 100 per cent sure is genuine. If you are in any doubt, ask them to wait while you check their identity or direct them to a neighbour to verify that they are calling on legitimate business.”

For more advice please click here or, to download posters to direct callers to a nominated neighbour,click here.

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is asked to contact Selby CID on 101. Press option 2 and ask for Carol Kirk.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number  12120032489.

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Selby distraction burg EFITFeb 2012

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