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POLICE are backing a national campaign against distraction burglary.

The Association of Chief Officers (ACPO) campaign is this week focusing on crimes where a lie, trick or distraction is used on residents to commit a burglary.

Police say the most common form is one person distracting a homeowner by pretending to be from a water, gas or electricity company while another person enters the house and searches for cash. Hampshire Detective Chief Inspector Darren O’Callaghan said: ‘The elderly and vulnerable are often seen as easy targets.’

Between April and November 23 there were 40 distraction burglaries in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – equal to the figure for the same period last year.