Information received from Kent Community Messaging

Officers advise residents to stay safe when opening doors to strangers

Kent Police is advising residents to stay safe following reports of distraction burglars posing as police officers.

Detectives are currently investigating eight reports that all describe men who identify themselves as police officers before entering the homes of elderly residents and searching their properties for valuables.

The most recent incident was reported at a property in Blackman Close, Hoo, Rochester, between 7pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 24 January 2017.

The victim said two men identified themselves as police officers who were carrying out an investigation following reported burglaries in the area.

One of the men spoke to the victim while the other searched the property for items to ensure they were stored in safe locations. After leaving the property the victim reported a quantity of cash and jewellery had been taken.

Appearance

The first man is described as being a white male, in his 60s, with a slim build and approximately 5ft 7ins tall. He was reported to be wearing casual clothes and white knitted gloves.

The second man is described as being white, aged between 30 and 40, with a medium build and approximately 5ft 7ins tall. He was reported to be wearing casual clothes.

Incidents may be connected

Officers have not ruled out the possibility that this is linked to similar incidents reported to have taken place in:

. Lawrence Drive, Gravesend on 26 November 2016 between 10.15pm and 10.30pm
. Tennyson Walk, Gravesend on 26 November 2016 between 10pm and 11.24pm
. Acacia Walk, Swanley on 14 November 2016 between 10.15pm and 11pm
. Rochester Road, Rochester on 14 November 2016 between 9.10pm and 9.29pm
. Vanessa Way, Bexley, on 16 December 2016 between 7pm and 9pm
. Edgehill Gardens, Gravesend, on 16 December 2016 between 6.30pm and 7.40pm
. Gresham Road, Coxheath, Maidstone on 9 December 2016 between 8.50pm and 9.20pm

Meopham Parish Council received the above information from Kent Community Messaging