'Age Concern' conmen target the vulnerable
Published on: 24 Nov 2016
ARRESTS have been made following incidents where three elderly women were targeted by men claiming to be from Age Concern.
Police have been investigating three incidents which took place in the summer where men gained access to the women's homes.
The incidents happened between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 14 July at the homes of women aged between 75 and 92, at two addresses in Kingswood and one in Fishponds.
Following a lengthy investigation, officers have now arrested a man in Wiltshire and a second man in Berkshire.
Miles Connors, 45, of Reading, was charged with two counts of entering as a trespasser with intent to steal and one count of entering as a trespasser and stealing cash. He appeared before Bristol Magistrates on Thursday November 10 and was remanded to appear at Bristol Crown Court on December 9.
Thomas Reynolds, 32, of Slough, is also remanded to appear at Bristol Crown Court on December 9.
Doorstep crime prevention tips
• If you’re not sure, don’t open the door
• If you are suspicious of a caller ring 999 straight away
• If you see someone calling door-to-door, but only on frail or elderly neighbours, call 999 straight away
• Don’t keep large sums in cash at home
• Keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room
• Join Neighbourhood Watch www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/services/watch-community-schemes/neighbourhood-watch-scheme
• Set up a No Cold Calling zone – contact your neighbourhood policing team www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/your-area or local Trading Standards officers to find out more
Remember, genuine callers from utility companies, the council, police or charities:
• will expect you to check their identification before opening the door
• would never try to rush you by claiming there’s an emergency
• will happily make an appointment to come back when you can have a relative or friend with you