Elderly man in Gore Road, Dartford, targeted by bogus police officer

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A bogus policeman stole £120 from a vulnerable and elderly man in Dartford last month.

It is reported at around 12pm on April 21, a man claimed to be a police officer to a resident living in Gore Road.

The man is thought to have stolen £120 from the victim’s property.

Kent Police are now warning people to remain vigilant and check the ID of people who turn up on doorsteps.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 35 and 45, of medium build, with short hair and was wearing a black jacket.

Detective Inspector Mike Worrall of Kent Police said: “The suspect has targeted a vulnerable and elderly person and has falsely claimed to be a police officer.

“The victim was suspicious about the man’s actions and did the right thing by reporting it to police.

“Most people who call at your home will be genuine. However, occasionally people may turn up unannounced and try to trick their way into your home to steal valuables or money.

“I would ask elderly people to be vigilant of bogus callers and friends to look out for those who are vulnerable.

“Carefully check identification of anyone calling at your door and if you have concerns, do not open the door and ask them to return when you have someone with you.

“If you are suspicious about anyone who claims to be a police officer, make a note of as much information as possible and report it to police.”

Crime prevention advice

If you are not expecting the caller and they do not carry an ID card, do not let them in.

Use a spyhole - ask who the caller is through the door first then keep the door on the chain.

Check ID even if they have a pre-arranged appointment.

Check a caller is genuine you can look up the number in the phone book or a recent bill and check it against the card the caller has given you.

Ask them to wait - do not just ring the number on the card, it may be fake.

Read the Your guide to bogus callers.

If there is a bogus caller at your door, call 999.

If you have information, call on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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