Police say more than 50 robberies/distraction burglaries involving victims aged 65+ have been reported, mostly in the Northampton area, since 1st January.
Help those you care about. Check their home is as secure as possible and remind them never to open the door to anyone they are not expecting – whoever they say they are.
Report anything suspicious or call with information about who may be involved in these offences – either call 101 or the Doorstep crime Action Network hotline 0345 23 07 702.
Important advice to share with elderly or vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours:
- Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole or talk to through a window
- Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind.
- Set up passwords with your utility companies – genuine callers will need to recite this password to you
- Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards – if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won't be either
- If someone is knocking on the door saying they are the police, call 101 and check the identity with the police control room. In an emergency call 999
- If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, contact our dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702
- Distraction burglars or ‘bogus callers’ will call at a house with the intention of tricking their way inside to steal. They may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the water board, the council, the police, health organisations or charities
They may say they need to turn off the water because of a leak, use the phone because their car has broken down, or perhaps say they have lost a pet. The caller may be a man, a woman or even a child. They will use any story.
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