Burglars Posing As Police Officers In Hounslow
Don't be fooled by fake uniforms
Distraction burglars are constantly finding new ways of gaining the confidence of unsuspecting residents One of the latest in the Hounslow area are burglars posing as plain clothed police officers.
They will arrive at homes and advise the occupants that they are conducting a search for a ‘suspected burglar’ seen in the area. While one ‘bogus police officer’ will keep resident(s) talking, the other ‘bogus police officer’ will ‘search the property for the ‘suspected burglar’ and while inside the property, steal whatever of value they can find.
If someone visits your home claiming to be a Police Officer, whether in plain clothes or wearing a police uniform always ask to see their Police Warrant Card and look at it carefully. A genuine police officer in plain clothes or in uniform will always carry a Police Warrant Card and would have no objection to being asked by members of the public to show it. A criminal impersonating a police officer will make an excuse NOT to show a Police Warrant Card.
Unfortunately police uniforms can be easily obtained on eBay and could fall into the wrong hands. As well as a Police Warrant Card, a uniformed Police Officer will carry a second unique number on the shoulders of their uniform jacket and uniform shirt. This number, in white metal, will have a two letter prefix followed by three or four digit number (completely different from the Pay Number above). The two letter prefix would stand for, TX-Hounslow Police, XB-Ealing Police,
Help to make it tougher for burglars
An opportunist burglar will simply spot an open door or an open/unlocked window and take a chance and enter. If seen and approached an opportunist burglar will always have a plausible and well rehearsed excuse as to why they are on someone else’s property. They may say that they are visiting a friend or a relative, or that they are a gardener or someone doing odd jobs, or that they have just moved into the property and are locked out.
On Sunday 28th March, one hour is added to the clocks. With the warmer evenings, there is always the temptation to leave back doors, patio doors and windows open, which is an ‘open’ invitation for burglars to slip into your property quietly and unnoticed. No matter how inconvenient or stuffy it is, please do not make it easy for burglars; keep doors and windows secure, especially at night.
Regarding burglary and anti-social behaviour in our area, please be vigilant at all times and dial 999 immediately if you see or hear anything that you feel is wrong; don’t leave it for others to call the police as it could then be too late for the police to take positive action. Protect not only your own home and property but your neighbours too.
Kathy Riley (075 0630 9810) is Hounslow Council’s Neighbourhood Community Safety Co-ordinator for Brentford. Based at Brentford Police Station, Ms. Riley, will work closely with the Metropolitan Police Brentford Safer Neighbourhoods Team to ensure that Hounslow Council play their part in tackling crime and anti social issues that most concern Brentford residents. For more information please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/community_safety.
March 4, 2010