Police advise residents to remain vigilant following cold calling incidents in Surrey Heath

Police are warning residents in the Heatherside area of Surrey Heath to be vigilant following a number of recent incidents where a woman has been cold calling vulnerable and elderly people.

On Wednesday 14 May at around 5.40pm a woman knocked on a resident’s door claiming to be from Lloyds bank and asked for cash to settle an outstanding debt. The homeowner allowed the woman into the house but in the course of their conversation became suspicious and asked her to leave.

Another incident occurred later on that evening at around 6.37pm when a woman approached a householder and sold a plant to the elderly resident for £20. The suspect is described as a white, aged around 30-40 years old with black shoulder length hair. She was approximately 5ft 8” tall, of slim to medium build and was wearing a blue knitted top and jeans. It is believed that she arrived in a car.

Officers have also received reports of a further incident on Monday 12 May when an elderly woman was visited by a woman claiming to be from the water company. She took a sample of water from the tap before leaving but fortunately it appears that nothing was stolen.

DC Paul Harris who is investigating these incidents said: “Bogus callers who prey on the more vulnerable in our communities are cruel and cowardly and we are advising residents to stay vigilant. Neighbours of elderly homeowners can help by making them aware of the potential pitfalls and keeping an eye out for suspicious people around their properties.

“Our advice would be not to let any unexpected visitors into your home. Always stop to think whether you are expecting any callers, use the chain if you do decide to answer the door and check for identification before letting anyone in. Don’t be taken in by these con artists who say they are from the water board, council, etc, however convincing their story may sound.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time of these incidents or has information which will help us progress the investigation. Please call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45140039218.”

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