Police are urging elderly and vulnerable residents in Wigan to be vigilant after money was stolen from homes.
Between 4pm and 5pm on Sunday 23 March 2014, a woman knocked on the door of an elderly manâ€™s home on St Pauls Avenue, Worsley Mesnes and asked whether she could use his phone and get a drink of water.
When she left, the man realised his wallet had been stolen.
At around 6.30pm on Tuesday 25 March 2014, an 82-year old woman answered a knock at the door to her Wellington Street home in Scholes where a woman asked her for money and a drink of water.
When the woman left, the victim realised money had been taken.
Detective Constable Kath Andrews from Wigan West INPT said: â€œI would urge the local community to be mindful of these incidents and to take safety measures of their own and to also look out for neighbours and elderly relatives.
â€œBy following the Lock, Stop, Chain, Check method – keep all doors locked, always open the door with the chain on and check identification – you have a much better chance of not falling victim to such offences.â€
Anyone with information is asked to call the police onÂ 0161 856 7124Â or the independent charity Crime stoppers, anonymously, onÂ 0800 555 111.