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BOGUS CALLERS-WARNING FOR THE RESIDENTS IN DOWNHAM & BELLINGHAM
« on: February 21, 2007, 12:32:58 AM »
Bogus Callers
 
Historically, Downham and Bellingham areas has suffered from distraction burglaries. This is when suspects trick their way into premises. Males claiming to be from the water board or needing to carry out urgent repairs to pipes or examine water systems committed five of the twenty-two reported burglaries. These callous individuals prey on the vulnerable.

Why do victims fail to report the crime?

  • Embarrassment at having fallen for the deception and are too ashamed to report the crime (sometimes even to close relatives and friends).
  • Victims not appreciating that their property has been stolen, believing they may have lost or mislaid it.
  • Victims sometimes are aware that they are being duped but fear of physical violence prevents them from taking action, and
    Victims are afraid they would be subject to threats and intimidation from the offenders if they made a complaint to the police.

The average age of the victim is 79 years old. The elderly are reminded of the following:

STOP – think before you open the door, are you expecting anyone?
CHAIN – always put the chain on before opening the door.
CHECK – If in doubt, keep them out. Check identification and phone the company that they claim to be from before letting them in.

If you have an elderly neighbour please can you offer them the advice above.

Contact: Safer Neighbourhoods Teams
Bellingham      Tel: 0208 721 2489
Whitefoot       Tel: 0208 721 2487
Downham      Tel: 0208 721 2488
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

If not completely satisfied – DO NOT LET THEM IN.

Be extra cautious of callers who: -

-    Say they need help urgently.   -    Ask to make a phone call.
-    Ask you to step outside.          -    Want to come in.
-    Want to use your toilet.          -   Ask for a glass of water.

Tip:

Don’t worry if you decide not to help – IT IS NOT RUDE or UNFRIENDLY.

Password Schemes:-

All Local Authorities, utility companies and other housing providers should offer password schemes, where you can give a specific password for all visits that are outstanding, to which the caller will recite to you upon their arrival. BOGUS CALLERS WILL NOT KNOW THE PASSWORD GIVEN.

Remember:

“IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS – DO NOT LET THEM IN. and CONTACT YOUR REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE SERVICE PROVIDER FOR ADVICE”
« Last Edit: February 21, 2007, 10:10:15 AM by davidwcummins »