I have been notified by West Midlands Police of reports about bogus callers and they have sent useful advice which we could all refresh ourselves with. It is also important we share this advice with our elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives.
Five Tips For Doorstep Safety
- Lock all outer doors before going to the front door.’ Bogus official burglars’ often work together, one keeps you talking at the front door whilst another gets through an insecure back door.
- Stop – Look through a window or spy- hole before opening the door. Are you expecting anyone? Do you know them ? YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER THE DOOR ! A genuine caller will be in touch to make an appointment.
- Check – If you do go to the door ask who they are, what they want and to prove their identity. Always check identity cards/badges carefully. Utility companies operate a password system so that you can be sure that the person at your door is who they say they are. To check ID always call a number from a phonebook not from the caller at the door
- Display a sign in your door saying ‘No Cold Calling’. If someone calls you can point to the sign without answering the door.
- If someone calling at your home states that they are a Police Officer (in uniform or plain clothes), if you are not expecting a visit and not sure they are genuine call 101 to check.
- If the caller refuses to leave when asked call the Police on 101 or 999 if you feel threatened.