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Warning As Bogus Callers Target Elderly In York And Selby


10:55am 20th December 2013

Police are warning elderly residents and their friends and family to be aware of bogus callers who called at the homes of older people in York and Selby.   

In the latest incidents, two women in their seventies were targeted in Selby.

On 17 December 2013 at around 4.45pm a man called at the home of a woman in her seventies on D’Arcy Road, Selby, say officers. They add that a man entered her home through an unlocked door and claimed he needed to speak to her. She ushered him out and told him to go away which he did, say officers.

North Yorkshire Police say a short time later a man called at the home of a woman in her 70s on Parkin Avenue, Selby. He claimed to be checking the water supply and needed to get into her house. The woman refused and shut her door.  

In both incidents nothing was taken, however both victims were very shaken up by the experience, say officers.

In a previous incident reported in York on 12 December 2013, police say two men targeted a man in his nineties on Broadway. They claimed to be from the water board and forced their way past him into his house, claiming they wanted to check the water supply. They then demanded money from the victim before they left.

Police are asking residents to be on their guard and if they are in any doubt about anyone who is calling at their door, they should not answer it.

PC Shannon Stanton of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Targeting elderly and often vulnerable people in this way is cowardly and deplorable.

“We cannot stress how important it is for people not to answer their door if they are not sure who is calling.

“It’s also important to lock your doors – even when you are at home.

“Relatives, friends and neighbours are also asked to encourage older people to get into the habit of checking who is at their door before they answer it. And if they are in any doubt, keep it firmly locked. Remember – Not sure?, Don’t open the door!”

Anyone who has any information about the incidents in Selby and York is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Shannon Stanton. Or email Shannon.stanton@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you have been targeted by a caller at your door, or have any other information about suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, call the police on 101 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

If you are targeted by bogus callers or feel threatened by someone at your door, call 999 immediately.

You can also pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

North Yorkshire Police work with the crime reduction charity CASAC who will provide a free, no obligation security assessment of your home.

CASAC is a non-profit social enterprise that works with community safety partnerships and is dedicated to reducing crime. Over 75,000 properties have been made secure by CASAC with less than 0.01% of these properties being victims of repeat burglary, where access has been gained through security products fitted by CASAC.

To book an assessment call 0845 519 2122 or visit www.casac.org.uk

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