|Wednesday 24th June 2020
I would like to take this opportunity to remind people to take precautions whilst dealing with unsolicited callers, particularly for those that are still isolating during the lockdown.
Bogus callers try to get into your home or obtain personal details by pretending to be someone they’re not, including council staff, charity collectors, meter readers and police officers. In reality, they are criminals trying to steal money and valuables.
How can I protect myself from doorstep crime?
– Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly.
What action should I take if someone visits me and I think they’re a doorstep criminal?
Keep the caller out of your house, ask them to leave and call the police immediately by dialling 101.
You might also want to try to alert a family member or attract a neighbour’s attention but you should always contact the police first by dialling 101. The police would much rather attend a false alarm than have someone fall victim to a doorstep criminal.
If the person refuses to leave your door, or you feel threatened or scared – Call 999 and ask for the police.
Note down their description and the description of any vehicle they’re using, including make, model, colour and registration number.