Men impersonate police officers in aggravated burglary in Harlow
We are appealing for information about an aggravated burglary in Harlow where men impersonated police officers to gain entry to the property.
Two men knocked at an address in Waterhouse Moor at around 8.55pm yesterday, Sunday, February 17, and claimed to be police officers investigating a burglary at the address.
The occupants challenged the men and asked to see their identification but they refused and handcuffed a man and woman.
Two other men with their faces covered then entered the property and carried out a messy search before all four left in white BMW.
One of the men who knocked on the door has been described as being white, aged in his 20s and wore a high visibility jacket.
The other man has been described as being black, short and of a large build. The remaining suspects wore dark clothing and dark balaclavas.
Detective Sergeant Eileen Mullins, of Harlow CID, said: “The victims did exactly the right thing by challenging the men and asking to see their warrant cards.
“They were right to be suspicious and when the suspects realised they had been found out, the victims were handcuffed.
“I must stress that ours officers will have a genuine reason to visit your home and will always show their warrant cards.
“We would continue to urge people to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour, no matter how small, to us.
“If you are concerned about someone at your door, even if they claim to be an officer, our advice is to call us and check.
“I appreciate that this is a concerning incident and I want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to locate these individuals.”
We are issuing the below advice following this incident:
If you have information, CCTV or dash cam footage, please call Harlow CID quoting crime reference 42/26392/19. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- Don’t open the door to anyone you don’t know and are not expecting;
- Use door viewers if fitted;
- Ensure the front door cannot be opened from outside without a key even if you are in;
- If the person is an unexpected visitor, ask who they are and why they are there;
- Only unlock/open the front door when you are satisfied the person is there for a genuine reason;
- If you have any concerns or suspicions, don’t open the door and contact Essex Police.