Tips on keeping the crooks out

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Officers from the Doncaster Urban Safer Neighbourhood Team have been educating residents in Balby about doorstep crime, such as distraction burglars and bogus officials, to prevent them becoming victims.

They attended the Cedar Social Education and the Westbourne Gardens Community centres, which provide care for elderly and vulnerable adults, who are usually the main targets for distraction burglars.

The officers took part in role-plays with the residents showing them how distraction burglars try to trick their way into their homes by appearing as bogus officials, using convincing guises and appropriate dress, giving tips and advice on how to stop them.