Not sure? Don't answer the door
It seems simple but if you are not sure who is knocking at your door, don’t answer.
Doorstep crime can include rogue traders offering home improvements or gardening services, or bogus callers who are pretending to be from somewhere they are not.
Bogus officials / distraction burglary
Distraction burglary is when criminals call at your home pretending to be officials or asking for help with something. They make up a story to gain access to your home to steal from you.
Some work alone, but often they work in groups of two or more. They will find a way to get into your home and keep you talking while the other one searches around your house for cash and valuables.
They can be men, women or children and sometimes a combination. They could be in uniform pretending to be from your gas supplier, council or even the police.
- Lock your back door and close windows before you answer the door
- Use a spy hole and chain to check who the caller is before you answer
- Ask to see the caller’s ID, even if they have made an appointment to see you, and call their company yourself (not on a number they provide) to check they are genuine
- Never leave the door open and unattended – close it until you return
- Ask the caller to return another time when someone can be with you