Local police are urging residents to be aware of the dangers posed by bogus callers and other scams.
In advising all householders to be alert to this type of crime, D District Operations Superintendent, Phil Knox, said: “Always use the ‘Lock, Chain, Check’ routine when answering the door to strangers. Lock all doors when not in use and use a door chain or bar when opening the door to callers.”
He advises people to check the identity of callers before opening the door. Ensure that back doors are locked before answering or opening the front door. If unsure about the caller, do not open the door and do not let them enter your home.
If uncertain about the caller, the QUICK CHECK scheme can be used to check the identity of callers by telephoning Free phone 0800 013 22 90. A call centre operator will answer that number and can quickly check with any service provider if the person at the door is a genuine caller from that particular company.
An alternative source for information on fraud and internet crime and how to report it, is available on the ‘ActionFraud’ website: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by telephoning 0300 123 2040.
Neighbourhood Police Officers and Crime Prevention Officers can advise householders on using simple crime prevention methods to make their homes safer. Should you require any further information please contact your local station on 0845 600 8000.