Police urge people to be aware as pensioners are targeted by distraction burglaries in Cardiff


Suspects posing as gas engineers, local authority officials and antique sellers have targeted pensioners in Cardiff in the last week, prompting an appeal from police .

There have been four distraction burglaries in Cyncoed, Caerau, Whitchurch and Gabalfa in the last seven days, all targeting pensioners over the age of 70.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jones, head of Cardiff’s Criminal Investigation Department, said: “It is important we all work together to keep Cardiff safe.”

Officers are asking residents to be alert on behalf of elderly and vulnerable neighbours following the incidents across the city.

One suspect claimed to be from the gas board, while another said they were from the local authority and a third claimed to be an antique seller.

Another claimed to be checking a damaged window.

Police confirmed that cash was stolen from three of the homes of the victims, who were all aged over 70.

Detective Chief Inspector Jones said: “It is important that we advise people what is taking place so they can take necessary steps to protect their homes, neighbours, friends and relatives.

“The public are our eyes and ears. Burglars often live in, or near, the communities in which they operate.”

Extra high-visibility and plain-clothed patrols are currently taking place.

Anyone who sees a door-to-door seller, individual or vehicle that seems to be out of place is asked to call police on 101.

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