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Doorstep Crime

Alert message sent 23/09/2021 12:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Humberside Police


Crime Prevention Advice


With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted throughout the UK, not only are we able to move more freely around our local communities, so can the criminals. The summer months are the peak months for doorstep crime so please be cautious when dealing with uninvited callers.

From bogus callers to rogue traders, doorstep criminals are cunning , creative, and convincing. Anyone can be fooled as these people are professional con artists.

Bogus callers try to get into your home and get personal details by pretending to be someone they're not. This can include council staff, charity collectors, meter readers and police officers. They are criminals trying to steal money and valuables.

Rogue traders usually cold call. they claim to be workers offering services, make repairs or carry out work on your property. They charge inflated prices for shoddy or work that isn't needed. They tell you the work needs to be done immediately. They will ask to be paid there and then. They may offer to go to the bank with you if you don't have the cash to hand.

Here are some tips on how to protect yourself:

- Keep front and back doors locked
- Fit a door chain or bar - use it and keep it on when talking to callers at the door
- If you're not sure, don't answer the door
- Don't feel embarrassed - genuine callers expect you to be careful
- Only let callers in if they have an appointment - confirm they are genuine
- Always ask for identification badges, but don't rely on them
- Identity cards can be faked - phone the company to verify their identity
- Never agree to pay for goods or give money to strangers who arrive at your door
- It's your home; there's no reason why anyone should ever enter against your wishes
- Purchase a video doorbell or CCTV equipment, these can act as a deterrent for criminals
- CCTV stickers and 'No Cold Calling' stickers also deter criminals

Report It!

If you are concerned that criminals are in your neighbourhood, call the police immediately on 999 if they are still in the area. If they are no longer in the area report it to the Police on 101





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Kevin Horsfall (Police, Pcso, Communities Team North Lincs, Brigg Police Station, Brigg & Wolds Ward)

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