RESIDENTS are being reminded to look out for their elderly neighbours after a spate of burglaries targeting older people continues.

An incident occurred on the evening of Saturday, February 2 at around 5.50pm in Chirk.

A house was targeted in St Mary’s Close a little more than an hour after an incident in Coedpoeth.

North Wales Police confirmed that in the latest incidents, thieves sneaked into a house in Gladstone Way, Mancot, Flintshire, unnoticed and stole an elderly man’s wallet at around 8.15pm on Monday.

Thieves also smashed a window to gain entry to the home of a 90-year-old woman in Oakenholt, Flint, at around 9pm. It is unclear if anything was stolen.

No one was harmed in either incident.

DI Mark Hughes said; “We are investigating to see if any of these incidents are linked.

"In the meantime, I would urge family and neighbours of elderly and vulnerable people to keep an eye on them, discourage them from keeping large quantities of money in their homes, to make sure they keep doors and windows locked and not to let anyone in unless they are satisfied as to their identity.

“I would also ask residents to report suspicious behaviour in their communities.”

Police also released a three-point-plan to follow if residents are unsure about somebody approaching their homes.

"One: If in doubt, keep them out. It sounds simple, but if you don't let someone in - they will go away. Don't let them pressure you into opening the door.

"Two: Be prepared. Be in control. Think about what to say to doorstep cold callers in advance. Keep a list of key contact numbers near your phone so you can check out legitimate callers. Ask all other unwanted callers to go away.

"Three: Call a neighbour or the police. Contact a local relative or nominated neighbour who can help verify a cold caller. If you think someone is a rogue trader call North Wales Police on 101. To report a distraction burglary or rogue traders who has taken your money and is still in the area, call 999."