Andover police
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Policer are sharing tips to individuals in Andover to share after a distraction theft with their friends and family.

It took place sometime in the Admirals Way region of 9.50am to 10.15am on Monday 2 September.

The victim, an 89-year-old lady, replied to a person who inquired if she wished to have her garden work done.

Before he finished the job, he said she would have to settle upfront and then asked her for a cup of tea.

While the woman was distracted, the criminal took £100 from her bedroom
A few minutes later, the ‘worker’ disappeared.

The person is defined as, around 30 to 40 years of age, 5ft 8ins tall, of stocky build, short, dark hair, has dark skin

Police are investigating this event and would like to know about what occurred from anyone who has information regarding the incident.

Police also like to know from anyone around this time who has been called on in a similar manner.

Anyone with information should call the 101 police, quoting the 44190312117 criminal reference number.

Advice from Police

• Do not open the door to someone you don’t recognise or are not expecting
• If you do feel you need to answer the door, always use the door chain – if you are not sure, don’t open the door
• Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold callers on the phone
• Ask to see the person’s identification card, then close the door and use a phone book to call the company or organisation that they say they are calling from. Genuine callers do not mind waiting
• Even if they are genuine, you do not need to allow them into your home – you could set up a future appointment when you could arrange for a friend or relative to be there
• Always keep front and back doors locked – doorstep criminals often work in pairs, with one person distracting you while another enters your home through a back door
• Do not keep substantial amounts of money at home
• If a suspicious caller knocks at your door, call 999 if they are on your property or if they have just left. Call 101 if it is after the event.

We want people to give their friends and family the following advice, so they know what to do if someone knocks uninvited at your door.