Woman, 75, foils burglars in Havant

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POLICE have praised the actions of a 75-year-old woman who foiled an attempted distraction burglary in Havant.

Two men and a women called at a home in Stockheath Way, Havant, around 4.50pm on Friday.

The resident told officers that she had seen information about distraction burglaries on social media – so she followed the advice and opened the door with the chain on. The woman told the resident that there was a problem with the back door of the property. She tried to get her to go to the back door. She was also asked if she lived alone.

The resident became suspicious and told them to away.

The three people left empty-handed, heading towards Petersfield Road.

The victim said the woman was olive skinned, under 30 and wore a woolly hat. She spoke with a foreign accent.

PCSO Alex McDonald, said: ‘She did exactly the right thing under the circumstances and should be praised for her actions. She knew she didn’t recognise the people calling at the door, so she kept the chain on when she opened the door to them. She was suspicious of what they were saying, so she told them to go away, and then she called the police.’

Dial 999 if you witness suspicious activity.