TOP TIPS FOR BEATING
THE BOGUS CALLER
these top tips from Suffolk Police Crime Prevention experts to prevent Bogus
Callers getting away with your valuables. If someone calls at your door: -
Think about whether or not you are expecting a call. Before you answer
the door make sure that your back door, or any other method of entry to your
home, is locked. Check who is calling by looking through the spy hole in
your door or a nearby window.
If you have a door chain or bar, make sure that you use it and keep it
on while you talk to the person on your doorstep.
Make sure you check the details of your caller. Ask them to show you an
identification card. This should include their name, a photograph and the
name and number of the company they represent. Check that the photograph
matches that of the caller. If a letter has been sent to you to prearrange
the visit then make sure the name and details on the card are the same as
those in the letter. Whenever possible arrange such visits when you know
that you will have someone with you. If an appointment has not been made,
take the ID card from the caller, close
and lock the door and check the details by looking the company and number up
in the phone book or call directory enquiries to check if the company is
Genuine callers will always carry photographic identification with them and
will not mind waiting while you check it and confirm their identity. Bogus
callers can also turn up on your doorstep claiming to be builders or
gardeners and may try and trick you into paying for unnecessary or
overpriced work. Do not agree to have work done by someone who is just
passing and never pay for any work before it is done. Donít believe scare
stories and donít let yourself be pressurized into a cash or quick sale.
Remember to note down the description of any unsolicited caller and if
possible take down the colour, make and registration number of any vehicle
they use as this information may help police to apprehend an offender.
If you have any concerns about the caller on your doorstep the message is
simple. If in doubt, keep them out and call 999.
If you need any further information please contact your local police station
or Crime Reduction Officer at Suffolk Police on 01473
Police Direct Team