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Distraction burglary warning to Norwich OAPs

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:37 02 July 2010

Sarah Hall

Fears that distraction burglaries are on the increase because of the recession have led to the launch of a new drive to keep Norwich pensioners safe in their homes.

Fears that distraction burglaries are on the increase because of the recession have led to the launch of a new drive to keep Norwich pensioners safe in their homes.

Age Concern Norwich, Help the Aged and Norwich City Council have teamed up to invite older people along to learn simple tips to help them keep their homes, and themselves, safe from thieves.

Responding to widespread concerns that the recession might fuel a rise in the number of burglaries, the Home Office has funded Age Concern and Help the Aged to launch the campaign.

Free advice will be on offer from Norwich City Council's financial inclusion team, giving older people information on how they can keep safe.

Phil Wells, chief executive at Age Concern Norwich, said: “Distraction burglary is a heartless crime which can have a devastating impact on older people, both emotionally and financially.

“Simple actions such as using the door chain or having adequate locks fitted on doors and windows can give older people an edge against burglars and bogus callers.”

The displays will be taking place at:

St Luke's Church Lunch Club in Aylsham Road - 1.30pm on Wednesday.

The Essex Rooms, Essex Street - 1.30pm on Friday.

The pensioners' group in the Heartsease Pub, Plumstead Road - 2pm on Tuesday, March 16.

Some precautions people can take include:

Use your door chain when someone knocks on the door. Lock your back door before opening your front door and check the caller's identity carefully before doing so.

A solid wooden door and decent locks fitted on both doors and windows can act as deterrents to potential burglars.

Don't do business on the doorstep and browse the telephone directories for recommendations if you need work done.

For more information on how to be safe at home, people can contact Age Concern Norwich on 01603 496333, visit www.ageconcern.org.uk or www.helptheaged.org.uk

Have you got a story for the Evening News? Call reporter Dan Grimmer on 01603 772375 or email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

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