In April we took part in a national week of awareness about distraction burglary and rogue trading.
These criminals often prey on vulnerable, elderly and disabled people, tricking them into letting them into their homes, overcharging for incomplete or poor work – or taking money for work that is never actually carried out.
Throughout April, neighbourhood teams have been out raising awareness with elderly people and urging young people to look out for their relatives and neighbours.
Top tips on staying safe from rogue traders and distraction burglars:
If you’re not sure who’s at your door, don’t open it
Call a neighbour, family member or friend nearby to come along and check out the caller before you open the door to them
Genuine callers will make an appointment to see you and will happily come when you have someone with you
To check someone’s identify, use a telephone directory – don’t use a number given by the caller as it may be bogus
Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home – put it in a bank or Post Office account
Keep your doors and windows secure at all times
If you suspect a bogus caller is at your door, call 999. We would rather be called to a false alarm than not called at all.
Remember, it’s your doorstep and your decision!
We've been working with local primary school's to help beat the bogus callers, listen to their radio adverts below: