PUBLIC NOTICE: Police Warn Against Burglars Posing As Met Officers

The Met Police have advised the general public to be vigilant about who they let into their homes.

This is following several reports of burglars posing as police officers to gain access to properties.

The police said, "We want to remind the public to be vigilant against distraction burglars, who often prey on the elderly and vulnerable."

There have been recent incidents across London where a suspect has posed as a police officer to trick his way into homes.

The Police further warn that the suspects usually give a fake reason for needing to check homes and once inside would steal valuable time without victim's knowledge.

Detective Inspector Daniel Thompson from the North East Basic Command Unit said: “Distraction burglars pose as someone with a fake ID, or a uniform, to gain your trust and access your home under a false pretence to steal.

“They could say they need to check your meters, fix plumbing leaks, or virtually any official reason to enter your home – including posing as a police officer.

“Utilise your spyhole or door chain where possible and always remember to ask for an ID badge or paperwork. If you are in doubt, call the official number for the company they say they are from – do not call a number they give you - or contact the police.

“If they say they are a police officer, ask to see their warrant card and ask for their name and warrant number. If you are still in doubt, call the police on 101 to clarify what they are telling you is the truth. Any genuine police officer would not mind you doing this, and would, in fact, encourage it.”

The detectives also gave a list of tips to protect against distraction burglary. Check who is at your door through the window or spyhole, Use the door chain if you do not recognise the person, Ask for ID or documents – genuine employees will have these, If unsure – call the company the person says they are from and ask them to confirm the employment."

The public has been advised to call 101 if anyone claiming to work for the Metropolitan Police Service appears at their doorstep and if they failed to declare a warrant card.

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