Police in Market Deeping are warning people to be aware of distraction burglars after two reports from Market Deeping over the Bank Holiday weekend.
On Sunday, police in the town were made aware of separate attempts at two homes in Godsey Lane where a man spoke to householders.
It is this opportunity and distraction that criminals will use to quickly get their hands on anything that seems of high value which could mean some quick cash for them.”Deepings community policing inspector Mike Burnett
In the first case, the man asked to borrow a pen and in the other he claimed to be looking for the previous householder.
A handbag was later found to have been stolen from the first address, with police treating it as a distraction burglary.
Deepings community policing inspector Mike Burnett said: “We are making people aware of these two reports so they can be vigilant and mindful of the tactics that can be employed in these types of burglaries.
“Offenders might knock on your door and ask for something seemingly innocuous and most people will want to help.
“But it is this opportunity and distraction that criminals will use to quickly get their hands on anything that seems of high value which could mean some quick cash for them.”
Extra officers have been put in place across Market Deeping to offer security advice and talk to residents about the incidents in case they may have seen anything in the town that might be relevant to the enquiry.
Insp Burnett said: “If anyone comes to your door who seems suspicious or something just doesn’t sit right with you, please don’t engage with them.
“Report those suspicions to police as soon as possible because you could give us information that will help us bring these offenders to justice.”
Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the Godsey Lane area on Sunday, please call 101 quoting incident number (s) 189/320 of August 30.
You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.