Burglars and Bogus Callers use a variety of stories to gain access to a person’s home in order to steal. They may pose as official callers from a local authority or a utility company etc. They offer a plausible explanation for needing to enter your home.
Rogue traders are people who pretend to be builders needing to carry out urgent repairs or sales people offering bargain products. They often pressurise householders to pay in advance for materials or do poor work at highly inflated prices.
A common factor is that both bogus callers and rogue traders often prey on vulnerable older or disabled people. They often succeed because they sound believable. Don’t be fooled!
Some simple precautions may help you to remain safe in your home:
Think before you open the door – use a chain or spy hole if you have one or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.
Ask callers for proof of identification – Check these carefully and if you are unsure, telephone the company the caller claims to be representing using a number from a telephone directory and not a number that they may give you.
Be aware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your garden or somewhere which may encourage you to leave your home or to go into another room.
Do not leave notes outside your home for callers when you are out.
Ask strangers for proof of identity before letting them into your home or your building if you share an entrance with others
If you are not convinced of the identification of the caller – DO NOT LET THEM IN! Treat every stranger with caution and never open the door to somebody that you do not know. If you have suspicions about a caller, telephone the police.
Make sure you have secured all windows and locked doors whenever you go out.
At night, make sure ground floor windows, and the windows near to drainpipes and flat roofs are all secured. Do not leave keys under a mat or on a string behind the door.