Detectives are reminding residents to make door-knocking strangers wait outside of their homes after two elderly women had their purses stolen by cold callers.
In the first instance, on 10 February, a young man knocked on the door of an 83-year-old Ramsgate woman and engaged her in conversation. Although the woman was weary of the man he found an opportunity to get inside the woman’s house by asking for a glass of water.
While inside he took the woman’s purse, containing a small amount of cash.
In the second case, the next day, a man knocked on the door of a 92-year-old Margate woman’s home and tried to sell her goods. When the woman went away from her door the man invited himself into the house and continued to try and sell items to the woman.
While inside the house he asked to use the toilet and have a drink of water, and went walking about the house.
At some point while he was in the house the man took the woman’s purse, containing a small amount of cash.
In both incidents the victims left the door open and unattended, allowing the men to get into their homes.
Detectives are reminding residents never to leave their doors open and unattended, and not to be afraid of closing the door on a caller and making them wait outside the house. (ref 1724, 1740)