Officers in Gleadless Valley issue bogus official warning

Date published: 07 September 2019 12:59
Dated: 07 September 2019 13:57:11
Our officers in the Gleadless Valley area of Sheffield have issued a warning about bogus officials after a string of burglaries targeting elderly people.

Yesterday (6 September) at around 3.30pm it is reported that an unknown person claiming to be from the local authority gained access to a property in the Raeburn Road area, and assisted by a second offender stole a large quantity of cash. 

This followed a similar incident in the Woodseats area. 

PS White said: “Enquiries are underway to locate these individuals, but I want to make sure the public are aware that there are unscrupulous people, acting in this way and targeting elderly people. 

“I’d advise you to have a chat to your elderly relatives or neighbours; urge them to take a moment to think about who is at their door, make sure they use a door chain, or even speak to the caller through the window instead. 

“Make sure they are keeping their doors and windows locked, in incidents like this people often take an opportunity to sneak in through open back doors. The best advice is, if they’re not expecting anyone or they’re not sure, then don’t open the door. 

“It’s worth also remembering that ID doesn’t always mean someone is genuine, the best thing to do is contact the company they say they’re from, using a number from your phone book or the internet. 

“We’d also ask that anyone who has any information about these incidents, or knows who might be responsible to contact 101 quoting incident number 498 of 6 September. You can also speak to the Sheffield South West Neighbourhood Team by contacting sheffieldsouthwest@southyorks.pnn.police.uk" 
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