What would you do if one of these people called on you at home?
Doorstep criminals will use excuses to enter your home to steal, or charge inflated prices for “repairs”.
Common excuses include:
- Energy suppliers, “water board” or council needs to have access to your house
- Youths have lost a dog, a ball, need to make a telephone call, or need a glass of water
- A plain clothes police officer needs to talk to you about a crime
- Builder says he was passing and noticed your roof or garden needs work.
The Police provide the following advice:
LOCK ALL DOORS: Distraction burglars working in pairs will use the back door whilst you are kept at the front door.
NOT SURE? DON’T OPEN THE DOOR: It’s ok to say NO and tell them to leave. Always keep the chain on if you need to open the door. Never employ passing traders who cold call, and never feel pressured to say yes.
ASK FOR ID / PASSWORD: Bogus callers will often use a good fake ID. Genuine callers won’t mind if you take the time to establish their identity by calling their employer. Ask them for a password if you’ve set one up.