Doorbell camera at elderly woman's home attacked days after being installed to record suspicious callers

January 05 2021
Doorbell camera at elderly woman's home attacked days after being installed to record suspicious callers

POLICE want to trace this man after a 'smart doorbell' filming callers to an elderly woman's home was damaged – less than two days after being installed.

The doorbell, which included a camera and live alert system, was damaged on the evening of December 9 in Eastland Avenue, Thornbury.

It had been fitted by relatives of resident, who is aged in her 90s, after a suspicious caller tried to talk his way into her home at about 6pm on December 7, claiming he was "from the water board".

When the doorbell was damaged it alerted the woman's family. They called the police who went to the scene but found whoever had damaged the doorbell had gone.

But before it was broken the doorbell recorded this image (above and below) of a man approaching it at 6.49pm.

He was wearing a black mask, blue hat, black jacket and gloves.

The woman's family have now put extra security measures in place with advice from the police Safer Homes team.

Police want to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the picture or who has dashcam footage taken in Eastland Avenue between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on either December 7 or 9.

Anyone who can help should call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5220 276 788.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.