Bogus officials burgling homes in Sandwell
A number of bogus officials have targeted houses to burgle them in Sandwell.
Police have released a warning after a number of burglaries in the borough in recent days.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said they will be dressed as officials such as from water or electricity companies to gain trust and enter homes.
He added: "We are asking our communities to be vigilant at this time, look out for friends, families and neighbours and be aware of suspicious behaviour.
"Remember, if you don't know the caller; ask to see their identity card. Genuine callers won't mind and will be obligated to help you.
"Some public utility services operate a password system. Contact your local branch to find out more.
"If you're still not sure, ask the caller to come back later. You can then check their story by phoning the organisation or company they claim to represent. Look up the number in your own telephone directory. Don't rely on the telephone number on their card - it may be the number of a criminals partner."
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