Posted on 7th April 2015
Residents in the Ashbourne area are being urged to be extra vigilant following distraction burglaries in the area.
Items of jewellery and cash were stolen after two men entered a property in Hulland Village, Ashbourne after claiming to need access to the home to carry out urgent gas supply maintenance.
One of the men, described as white, early 30’s and of tall, slim build with fair hair, kept the elderly home owner distracted in the kitchen of her home, whilst the other searched the house.
The second man, described as white, aged between 40 and 45-years-old, with dark hair, shorter than the first and of larger build, stole items before leaving the property.
The incident took place at around 5.45pm on Friday, April 3.
Sometime between 7pm and 8.10pm on the same day, a man entered a property on Lime Close in Doveridge, Ashbourne through the rear door, before being disturbed by the home owner.
When the man was challenged by the home owner, he stated that he was carrying out safety checks of the property, before being asked to leave. Nothing was stolen from the property.
Following the incidents, police are urging residents to report anyone acting suspiciously in the area as this could help to make the difference in a potential crime being stopped.
Home owners are also being encouraged to consider the security of their property and to ensure that their doors are properly locked and secure.
Officers are advising residents not to feel pressured into letting an unexpected visitor into their home and to ensure that they ask to see the identity card of the caller.
They should take the ID card, close the door and examine it from inside, and call the organisation they work for using a number from the telephone directory or a utility bill if they are unsure.
Anyone with any information about the incidents should call PC Rebecca Timperley on 101 quoting crime number 13718/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.