With the weather expected to get increasingly colder over the coming weeks, we're asking people to look out for their elderly and vulnerable neighbours.
If you have a frail relative or neighbour please make sure to check they're ok and see if they need anything - whether it's fetching shopping or resetting the heating.
It's also important to remind them to be on the alert for rogue traders and distraction burglars as these 'doorstep crimes' often involve elderly or vulnerable victims as they can be at home most of the day.
Rogue traders are criminals who take advantage of people by using high-pressure sales techniques. Their work is often overpriced, poor quality or not required at all. A distraction burglar is someone who tricks their way into homes and then distracts you while they steal valuables or cash.
Superintendent Geoff Wessell said: "Rogue traders and distraction burglars are particularly despicable. They prey on the elderly or the vulnerable and the effect on the victim's health and confidence can be devastating. It's your doorstep and your decision, so be confident, and turn them away. Some people who suffer this kind of crime never fully recover.
"It's your doorstep and your decision, so be confident, and turn them away."
A 72 year-old woman from the Redfield area of Bristol was the victim of Rogue Traders.
She was alone at home, when unfamiliar men turned up at the property claiming to be from her water provider, asking to perform what they described as ‘routine checks’.
After being granted access to the house, they then used distraction techniques, confusing the lady in order to scope the house for valuables.
The lady said:
“I just wish that I was close with my neighbours. I would like to know somebody looking out for me.”
"I've also started checking any unfamiliar visitors ID.”
Important: If you suspect a rogue trader is at your door, you must call 999 straight away.