Conman claims to be surveyor to access home

Police are again warning residents against letting strangers into their homes without checking identification after a conman tricked his way into a Bexhill residence claiming to be a building surveyor who needed to check recent building work.

This latest incident happened on April 4 at 10.30am when a man called at the house in Birkdale. He pushed his way in, past the female occupant. He proceeded to go up into the loft and put his foot through the bedroom ceiling. He was described as forceful. When challenged by the occupant, the man made off in a green/gold coloured estate car which had a passenger. The suspect is described as a white with a round face and black hair, about 6’ tall aged in his 30s. He was wearing dark trousers and a dark coat.

Sergeant Mark Evans said: “This is a clear example of an opportunistic crime where the suspect has targeted a premise which has had recent work carried out. Often, tradesmen will place an advertising board whilst carrying out their work, however this presents an easy opportunity for someone to use that information and gain the confidence of the occupant.

“I would encourage residents to be mindful should a contractor wish to place such and advertisement and always check identification of anyone trying to gain access to your property.”