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Officers would like to remind residents of how they can protect themselves from distraction burglars and bogus officials after a report of a recent incident in South Staffordshire
Asking to see identification, listening to any doubts in your mind and not letting anybody into your property you are unsure about are the main ways to stay safe from this type of crime often instigated either by a phone call or a cold call at your front door.
A distraction burglary and/or bogus caller is where someone calls at your home posing as someone they’re not – often as an official or council worker. They then make up a story to get into your home in order to steal goods or cash.
To prevent yourself from falling victim to these criminals we ask that you listen to the following advice:
Neighbourhood Inspector Louise Booker said: “Please advise elderly and vulnerable neighbours to follow the STOP, CHAIN, CHECK rule when people call at the door.”
STOP – If you are not expecting anybody and they don’t have an appointment, don’t let them in.
CHAIN – Use your door chain or bar before opening the door
CHECK – Ask to see ID and double check this.
She added: “If you are ever suspicious or have any doubts please do not let people into your property. To report any suspicious incidents please message the force on social media or call 101 to pass on the details. In an emergency, always dial 999.”