Distraction burglary in Abertillery

Officers are appealing for information following a distraction burglary at an address in Lansbury Bungalows in Abertillery at approximately 7.15pm on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Officers are trying to identify a man who visited an elderly man at his home in Abertillery.

He offered to cut his grass and later entered the property after asking for a glass of water and a tissue. 

A Samsung Galaxy mobile phone was later taken from the property.

The man is described as 5ft 7" tall, short light coloured hair, missing a tooth, of a skinny build with grey T-shirt and dark casual joggers.

We're are also reminding residents to be alert following a report of another attempted distraction burglary on 4th June 2018 in Castle Street in Abertillery whereby an unknown man approached the victim offering him mechanical work on his vehicle to which the victim refused. He then asked if he could come inside for a glass of water but the victim refused him entry and gave him a bottle of water. Later on the 6th June 2018 the same man returned at approximately 8:30pm and was purporting to be from British Gas stating he needed to come inside and check the homeowners gas meter. Luckily, on this occasion the man was refused entry and nothing was taken.

Officers are offering the following advice:

How to protect yourself against rogue traders and bogus callers:

Only use businesses that have been recommended to you by a trusted friend or family member and you can see examples of their work
Ask for quotes in writing and then follow up by getting another three quotes from independent traders to check that the price quoted is accurate
Get the address of their company. If possible, visit the premises to check that it exists
Don't be fooled by someone who say that they are just working up the street or that they have done work for your neighbour. Some people say this to gain your trust. Ask for specific examples and then follow up to check if what they have said is true
If someone calls at your home trying to sell you something, don't let them in and always ask for ID
Many streets in Gwent are now 'no cold calling zones'. Talk to the Trading Standards Team in your local council for more information.  
Remember traders must give you written notice of your right to 14 days cancellation when agreeing to do work at your home, including work gained from a cold call. 

What should you do if you've been a victim? 

Report it to Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre. You can do this on-line by going to www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by calling 0300 123 2040
You can also report it to the Trading Standards team in your local council
Citizens Advice can help by giving you advice on terms and conditions of agreements or contract you may have signed. You can call the consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or go to www.citizensadvice.org.uk/wales/ for other ways to get in touch.
If you've paid by credit or debit card for goods or services, contact your card provider/bank and explain that you have been a victim. They'll be able to give you advice on how to cancel payments and protect your identity from being possibly stolen.
We're always here to help. You can call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also contact Connect Gwent, our victims hub on 0300 123 21 33 or by visiting www.connectgwent.org.uk

Anyone with information is asked to please call 101 quoting log 527 06/06/18.