Thieves target elderly couple

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Cash and a cheque book were stolen from an elderly couple from the Ballymacash Road who were targeted in a distraction burglary in Lisburn, on Sunday afternoon.

At around 2.30pm a man called at the elderly couple’s house.

He told them he was conducting gardening work in the area and wanted to show the residents what he intended to do.

While the couple were distracted in their back garden by the man, an intruder entered the house and the elderly couple’s bedrooms were ransacked.

Detective Sergeant James Johnston said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact Detectives at Lisburn on 101.

Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Detective Sergeant Johnston added: “I would urge people to please be aware of your elderly or vulnerable neighbours or family members and share the following crime prevention measures with them.

“Take a moment to think before you open the door and use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise the person.

“Ask callers for proof of identity.

“Genuine tradesmen should carry a photographic identification card. Check this carefully.

“If you are unsure, telephone Quick Check, the special free phone service, on 0800 013 22 90.

“Quick Check is supported by all the main Northern Ireland utility companies and they will check if calls are scheduled for your address on that day.

“Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your back garden or somewhere that may encourage you to leave your house - they may have an accomplice who is waiting to act upon this distraction.”