WHO IS AT THE DOOR?
Some burglars will try to gain entry to your home by attending and posing as 'bogus officials' or 'rogue traders'.
Bogus officials commonly pose as employees from utility services, such as water or gas suppliers, to get inside your home.
Always ask to see their ID and check with the company that they work for before allowing them to enter; most organisations will set appointments rather than 'cold calling' at your door.
Below is a list of companies and their contact telephone numbers so that you can check with the company they work for before allowing entry to your home. This is not a full list, you may need to look at a previous bill to complete your list.
Rogue traders often operate during the warmer weather offering to carry out garden work, or stating that the roof or other building repairs are urgently required, when often this is not the case. Callers will charge over inflated prices and use this opportunity to gain access into your home.
Some burglars may also try to gain entry to your home by using 'distraction methods'. They may ask if they can have a glass of water, or if they can use your phone to book a taxi, again to enable them to get inside your home.
The message is simple: keep your doors locked and do not let strangers into your home unless they have verified their identity - if you are not sure, don't open the door.
IF IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT!
Key messages of advice:
Be vigilant and look out for any questionable or suspicious behaviour in your area.
- Both types of burglar will often work in pairs or groups; while one is distracting you, the other(s) will be attempting to steal items from your home. However, they can work completely alone
- Look out for strange vehicles outside your home - do not limit this to old cars or vans as 'bogus officials / rogue traders' will try to blend in by using new or professional looking cars
- Find out if there is a Neighbourhood Watch that operates in your area, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk