20/11/2013

PSNI Warns Against 'Distraction Callers'

The PSNI has released a statement asking the public to be aware of potential 'distraction burglars' and 'bogus callers', following a spate of recent reports.

Officers are particularly targeting residents in the C District area, which covers County Down, North Down, Ards and Castlereagh.

"The first thing to remember is NEVER to let a complete stranger into your home without being 100% certain of their identity," a statement from the PSNI said.

"Use your peep hole or security chain if you have these. If not, consider having them installed.
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"Ask ALL callers for proof of ID. Inspect their credentials carefully and ensure the photo is theirs. Genuine callers will be glad to show you their identification and will not mind waiting until you have checked that they are who they say they.

"Do not feel pressured into just letting a caller in because it can feel awkward to ask questions. This is your home, if you have any doubt keep them out!"

QuickCheck 24/7 can be called free on 0800 013 22 90 to check the legitimacy of any callers.

The number to call if you see or hear anything suspicious with regard to callers at the door is 0845 600 8000, or 999 in an emergency.

(IT/CD)

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