Bogus Caller Tries To Be Let Into OAP's Home
6:18am 31st October 2014
The man, who was dressed sruffily and wearing a hi-vis jacket, claimed that he needed to read the man's electricity metre at his house in Sutton on the Forest.
The householder did the right thing and refused to let him in. And on checking with his supplier, found out that there were no workmen in the area at that time..
Officers are asking friends, neighbours and relatives of elderly people to ensure they know not to let anyone in their house who they are not expecting.
A genuine caller will be happy to wait outside while you check their credentials with their employer.
But please remember, if you are not sure who is at your door, don't open it and always remember to lock your doors, even when you are at home.
If you believe you have been targeted by a bogus caller please call the police on 101 and speak to the Force Control Room.
If you feel intimidated or threatened by a caller, always call the police on 999.
If you have information about people you suspect are committing crime, you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The incident follows several others across North Yorkshire in the past few months. Other offenders have claimed to be window cleaners, handymen, gutter or driveway cleaners, fish sellers and even someone replying to an advert for a lost dog.
Detective Superintendent Steve Smith, of North Yorkshire Police, said:
“Bogus callers prey on the most vulnerable people in our society and often target them in their own homes."
“One of the best ways to tackle these people is to raise awareness about what they are doing and we all have the responsibility to keep an eye out for our elderly neighbours and relatives and try and educate them about the threat of doorstep crime.
“It is also very important to report suspicious people or vehicles to the police. We need to build up a picture of who is committing these offences and the more information the public provide us with, the better chance we have of catching them and bringing them to justice.”
Please bear in mind the following tips to help combat bogus callers at your home:
- · LOCK all doors - even when you are at home
- · STOP before you open the door, ask them who they are
- · CHAIN- always use a door chain or spy hole
- · NOT sure who they are? Don't open the door!
For more information and advice about tackling bogus callers that could be passed on to elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours in particular, please visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/boguscallers
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