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Doorstep callers

Alert message sent 10/05/2020 14:43:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Good Afternoon,

On Saturday 9th May 2020 following reports of a suspicious male knocking doors and offering gardening services, we have made enquiries and arrested one male on suspicion of theft and burglary.

So following on from this we thought we would give you some advice with regards to doorstep callers. This is not to make you feel scared, but to just remind you how to stay safe and how to report any concerns that you may have.

Doorstep callers call at your home unannounced, often claiming to be from a utility company (water board etc),or claiming to be working in the area and to have noticed a problem with your house that needs fixing. They may offer to do work for you or say they need to check something in your home so will ask to come in and to look around. These people are convincing and seem plausible and they target people in their own homes.

Hampshire Constabulary works closely with Trading Standards to tackle these offenders, and there are simple steps you:

Please take note of this advice to ensure you stay safe:

• Don’t open the door to someone you don’t recognise or are not expecting.

• If you do feel you need to answer your door, remember to:

• Lock the back door before you open the front door – doorstep criminals often work in pairs with one person distracting you at the front door while an accomplice enters your home through the rear.

• Put the chain or bar on before opening the door – see who it is before you fully open your door.

• Ask to see the caller’s identification – a genuine caller will not mind showing you their I.D.

• Close and lock your door and call the number of the company they claim to be from to check if they have sent someone to your home. Remember to use a number from a bill or the telephone book so you know it’s a genuine one. Remember, even if the caller is genuine you do not need to allow them into your home. Ask them to arrange a future appointment; that way you can arrange for a friend or family member to be present.

You can arrange to have passwords set up with your utility companies. When a representative calls they will repeat this confidential word to you.

We're asking you please to only call 999 if it is an emergency and 101 if it is urgent. If you can, use our online services hampshire.police.uk

You can also report an issue to Trading Standards Phone the helpline on 0808 223 1133 : The service is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Thank you

PCSO 13455 Sarah McCulloch
 
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Sarah McCulloch (Police, PCSO, Winchester district)

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