Police warning after man claims to be undercover officer to get into Margate home

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Police officers are reminding residents to be wary of who they let into their homes, following a report of a man acting suspiciously in Margate.
It was reported to Kent Police that during the evening last Friday (10 November), a man visited a residential property in Ramsgate Road, claiming to be an undercover police officer.

He told the resident that burglars were planning to target her home and he wanted to know about the valuable items in her house so he could photograph them. The woman refused his requests and the man left.
The man was described as white, 5ft 5ins tall, with a medium build, black clothing, dark short hair with a tidy appearance.

Sergeant James Ross, from Thanet Community Safety Unit, said: “Residents should only let people into their homes if they can confirm their identity – don’t be afraid to turn them away if you have any suspicions about who they are.
‘If the person purports to be a police officer and there is any doubt, always contact us on 101 on confirm their identity.
“Consider fitting extra security measures such as spy holes, door chains, door locks and intruder alarms.”

Anyone with information about the suspicious incident can call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 13-0597.