Burglars strike at homes of elderly

PUBLISHED: 10:37 23 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:14 06 May 2010

POLICE have restored Operation Cocoon in an attempt to stamp out a sudden rise in cases of elderly people being targeted by burglars. Last week three people, all in their 80s, had property stolen from their homes in Biggleswade, Sandy and Moggerhanger. Th

POLICE have restored Operation Cocoon in an attempt to stamp out a sudden rise in cases of elderly people being targeted by burglars.

Last week three people, all in their 80s, had property stolen from their homes in Biggleswade, Sandy and Moggerhanger.

This week elderly residents in the towns are being warned to be aware of the thefts and advised on ways to prevent them becoming victims. So police community support officers have been touring areas with high densities of elderly residents in all three areas where incidents happened.

A similar operation was carried out in the summer to combat a spate of burglaries targeting the elderly.

Beat manager in Biggleswade Pc Ian Wilson said all three crimes last week might have involved the same people deliberately targeting homes occupied by the elderly.

"After a lull in house crime concerning elderly people, we suddenly get three crimes in a couple of days which is disturbing because the same people could well have been responsible for all three crimes," said Pc Wilson.

"One was a distraction burglary where the elderly person was kept talking at the front door while another man nipped into the house and stole cash.

"The other two incidents were burglaries while one of the residents was in the house at the same time he was robbed."

This week PCSO Vicki Sneath was in charge of Operation Cocoon in Sandy touring homes near the location of last week's burglary.

"We are just making sure local residents close to the crime are aware of what has happened and how they can prevent themselves becoming a victim," said PCSO Sneath.

"We will be handing out crime prevention packs as well as talking to residents to assure them.

"There is no pattern involved in these current crimes but because we have had three in a couple of days we are doing our best to alert residents what has happened."

Pc Wilson said officers would be patrolling areas of Biggleswade, Potton and Sandy where there are a lot of pensioners in an attempt to drive criminals out.

"A visible police presence helps deter criminals," added Pc Wilson.

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