Search

Bogus window cleaners on the loose in Islington, warn police

19:23 21 January 2014

Police have alerted the public after a spate of fake window cleaner burglaries

Police have alerted the public after a spate of fake window cleaner burglaries

Archant

Crooks who pose as window cleaners to scope out homes and steal expensive Christmas presents are being targeted by police.

Officers have sent out a warning about the bogus workmen, who appear at homes unannounced looking into ­vacant windows as they clean, or go into homes to clean the inside, then steal valuables.

The public is urged to check to ensure that window cleaners have proper identification.

Neighbourhood teams will also be ­patrolling, on the lookout for anything suspicious.

Vulnerable

Det Con Jason Mayes, from Islington’s burglary and robbery team, said: “At a time just after Christmas and the New Year when the home is likely to be full of new and expensive presents, we have been made aware of an increasing number of bogus callers and distraction burglars.

“Burglars posing as window cleaners are entering the homes of elderly and vulnerable members of the public and stealing their possessions.

“We are appealing for residents and members of the public to be vigilant and report to us any unusual behaviour.”

Call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:03
Fewer pupils are persistant absentees from school. Picture: PA (Barry Batchelor)

The number of pupils persistently missing school in Islington dropped by a third last year, according to figures released by the Department for Education.

Yesterday, 12:00

Tech City effect leaves borough second to only Westminster in number of new companies

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Winners of the Angel Wing competition

Popular shopping mall rebrands with huge community event including children’s choir

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Jacky has been reunited with her beloved Frankie

Good Samaritan spots hound and hands the chihuahua into police

Most read news

CCTV pictures capture the youngster’s early morning outing to satisfy her craving.

People are not happy with Hopkins’ comments, yet again.

There’s going to be more than 4,000 people standing for election – and other fun facts.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder