Help protect your elderly neighbours and family from burglary

Scunthorpe: We’re encouraging you to work together

7 Mar 2018

All over Scunthorpe our officers are continuing to work tirelessly to reduce burglaries and to track down those responsible for them. Our extra and high profile patrols, as well as the assistance from the public, is helping us to tackle the crime.

Yet we’re still finding that individuals are targeting some of the most vulnerable in our communities, with elderly people being the targets of break-ins, sneak-in burglaries, and also bogus callers.

We want you to be more aware of how you can help older people from becoming victims of burglary.

Burglary is something that can be extremely frightening and upsetting, can be inconvenient, can take a long time to sort out afterwards, and can result in people feeling vulnerable and insecure in their own homes.

Detective Inspector John Cram from Scunthorpe CID said: “I am committed to stopping these unscrupulous and callous criminals from targeting those members of society who we should be protecting the most.

“Some older people in our community here in Scunthorpe are frail and vulnerable, and many of them live alone.

 “You can do your bit to help. Report suspicious people in the area, warn others to be on the look-out and note down suspicious vehicles and registration plates.

“Observe basic security such as locking doors when inside the house, or at least ensure the main and most accessible entry point is secure.

“Bogus callers, who sometimes pretend to be officials can be convincing, plausible and friendly. They try and con their way into homes to steal money and belongings. Use door chains and always check identification. Preferably don’t entertain callers if there’s any doubt whatsoever.

“Secure valuables in a safe or a safety deposit box and don’t have large amounts of cash lying around the house.

“Get involved in a neighbourhood watch team. If one doesn't exist then contact the police with a view to creating one.

“A lot of our advice is common sense, but we want you take heed of it so our communities can be safer and stronger. Also, if your neighbour or family member doesn’t have access to the internet and may not be able to read this, why not just print the information out and go round and have a cuppa and have a chat about it.”

More advice on how to protect yourself and others from burglaries is always on-hand online and easily accessible on our website. The information can be found here: