Police In York Warn Over “Deaf Artist” Cold Callers
11:20am 9th June 2014
On 3 and 4 June, York police received two reports from Skelton and Rawcliffe after a man who gave his name as Lucas, called at the homes of elderly people.
He knocked on their doors, and held up a sign claiming to be deaf. He offered artwork for sale for between £10 and £15. However the artwork is nothing more than photocopies.
The “artists” prey on people’s compassion to get them to part with their money, mainly targeting older or vulnerable people.
The incidents reported in York follow similar reports in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
Officers want to identify the people who are responsible for the sales and are asking members of the public to contact them if anyone calls at their door in similar circumstances or if they have been targeted already.
Residents should also take basic crime prevention measures and be on their guard against cold callers of any nature:
- Ensure you keep your front and back doors locked – even while you are at home.
- Please also be vigilant when answering your door - always use a door chain and don’t let any strangers into your house.
- If you feel threatened by a caller, always call the police on 999.
- If you have any doubt about who is at your door, don’t answer it.
If you believe you have been targeted by the deaf artist, or by any other suspicious cold callers, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room. Your information, no matter how small, could help us build up a picture of who is responsible.
To report an incident in progress, or if you are targeted in the future, always call 999 straight away.
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