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Warning as bogus officials rob businesses 

Police are warning businesses about a new spate of crimes which involve the future burglars visiting premises under false pretences.

They say the gangs pose as representatives from various bogus firms but mainly security businesses pretending to make checks.

They are particularly homing in on jewellery shops, tobacconists, lottery administrations and banking entities.

“The thieves send a false technician with the excuse of routine checks to analyse the security measures of the commercial premises and adjoining properties,” said a police spokesman. “They usually cut communications with the central alarm and commit the robbery a couple of weeks later.”

Warning leaflets are being distributed to traders which include preventative advice.

The bogus officials wear authentic-looking uniforms and use accreditations which are false.

The police say all visitors should be checked before they are allowed in and inform them immediately if any suspicions. Wiring for alarms should also be kept out of sight.