Moat Road distraction burglary - police appeal

POLICE in Ballymena are investigating a distraction type burglary in the Moat Road area on Wednesday morning.

At around 11am, a 65-year-old woman answered a knock on her door and admitted a man who said he was working at the water mains and needed to run her taps.

He asked the lady to check her outside taps and when she returned to the house the man was gone along with a large sum of money.

Police would again advise householders to be aware of their security. Ask callers for proof of identity.

Genuine tradesmen should carry a photographic identification card. Some bogus callers will offer you a glimpse of a card and hope you’ll be fooled.

Check this carefully and telephone QuickCheck on 0800 013 22 90 to verify the caller is from the company they claim to be.

This call is free and will be answered by a trained operator who will take the details of the company which the caller claims to represent and then contact that organisation to determine if the caller is genuine.

If there is anything suspicious the operator will contact police directly.

Anyone who noticed any unusual activity in the area or who has any information is asked to contact police at Ballymena on 0845 600 8000. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.