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Det Sgt Mark Buck of Ash­ford po­lice said: “Of­ten the vic­tims of this type of crime are too trust­ing and ac­com­mo­dat­ing and think it is im­po­lite to de­mand iden­ti­fi­ca­tion from call­ers. “Rel­a­tives, friends and neigh­bours can help by be­com­ing a nom­i­nated neigh­bour. It is a sim­ple scheme, whereby an el­derly per­son can di­rect the caller to con­tact an­other per­son, or ar­range for the caller to come back when their nom­i­nated neigh­bour is with them. “This type of crime is some­thing that can be pre­vented by com­mu­ni­ties work­ing to help the el­derly in their area and by giv­ing them the con­fi­dence to say no and not let call­ers into their homes with­out sat­is­fac­tory ID, or to ask call­ers to re­turn when a nom­i­nated neigh­bour is with them.” The nom­i­nated neigh­bour scheme is run by Neigh­bour­hood Watch and has been launched by Ash­ford Bor­ough Safety Part­ner­ship to re­duce so­called dis­trac­tion bur­glar­ies. For in­for­ma­tion con­tact Neigh­bour­hood Watch on 01233 896126.

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