Crackdown on vicious’ burglaries

PUBLISHED: 12:45 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

A WORKING group has been established in Melbourn to help combat crime. The police liaison working group will enable community police officers and parish councillors to work together to tackle problems such as cold calling and distraction burglary. Council

A WORKING group has been established in Melbourn to help combat crime.

The police liaison working group will enable community police officers and parish councillors to work together to tackle problems such as cold calling and distraction burglary.

Councillor Bob Trimble said: "Distraction burglaries are getting vicious in Melbourn."

There are currently two areas in Melbourn where cold calling is prohibited.

Cllr Trimble said: "I think we have the areas covered where our elderly and vulnerable are, but we are still concerned about the increasing use of rogue traders and distraction burglaries.

"We are trying to increase awareness.

"We realise we have got to have a balance because people have got to earn a living as well, but we don't want people to get conned."

From January to February this year there were 207 reported burglaries of victims over 60 in Cambridgeshire, 49 of which were distraction burglaries.

Det Supt Jeff Hill, chairman of the Cambridgeshire distraction burglary and rogue trader task force, said: "The offenders target the most vulnerable members of the society.

"Their actions can have devastating consequences on the quality of life of the victims.

"But this is a crime everyone can help to prevent.

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