We are reminding residents to be on their guard following several reports of bogus officials targeting the elderly and vulnerable across the County.This can can include doorstep crime, people claiming to come from the council, water-board or other official organisations. Perhaps somebody claiming that the property or garden needs essential maintenance. Another common trick is people claiming their pet/ball is in that person’s rear garden.
What is a bogus official and doorstep crime?
Also known as distraction burglars, bogus callers trick their way into people’s homes to steal money and valuables. They make themselves seem genuine and plausible while your attention is elsewhere.
They often work in pairs; one to keep you talking at the front door while the other tries to access your house from a back door or window. Some might even plead for help, such as asking for a glass of water.
As a force, Staffordshire Police is doing all it can to catch those responsible for these despicable crimes, and there have been a number of successes. However, there is a lot more that individuals and communities can do:-
- Keep your house secure and use a door chain when answering the door.
- Ensure windows and doors are locked at all times and keys are removed.
- Don’t allow any unsolicited callers into your home – ask them call you, or ask for a number so you can verify their identity.
- Never agree to having work done on your home by a passer by – always obtain 3 quotes from reputable companies if you are considering getting any work done and never hand over any cash until the work is completed.
- Never accept an offer from them to drive you to the bank to withdraw money.
- If a caller is aggressive or threatening call 999 immediately.
If you see anything in your local area relating to the welfare of a vulnerable person call 101 to report it. Please share this advice with the vulnerable. Download and print our No Cold Callers window sign by pressing the button below.