Police issue Christmas bogus caller warning

Dorset Echo: Police issue Christmas bogus caller warning Police issue Christmas bogus caller warning

DORSET Police are urging members of public to be vigilant against bogus callers this Christmas.

Inspector Richard Dixey said: “Make sure the people you care about and your elderly neighbours are not vulnerable to bogus callers or distraction burglars this Christmas.

“Victims of bogus callers or distraction burglaries are usually elderly and live by themselves.”

Officers are issuing advice to help reduce anyone’s chances of becoming a victim of a distraction burglary or bogus callers.

This includes:

  • ensure that good locks and a door chain are fitted on doors
  • make sure that no large amounts of money are in the home
  • maintain the house and garden so it does not attract attention
  • Have regular contact with your neighbours and family members
  • Encourage everyone to adhere to the following advice when a caller is at their door

Inspector Dixey added: “The offenders will often work in pairs with one person acting as the distraction while the other enters the home."

He is urging residents to consider the following when answering the door:

  • Am I expecting anyone?
  • Put the chain on before opening the door.
  • Ask for the caller’s identification.
  • Shut the door leaving the caller on the doorstep and phone the number in the phone book not the one on the card they give you, as this could be an accomplice around the corner – especially if it is a mobile number.

He added: "A genuine caller will be happy to wait while you do this.

“I urge people not to store large amounts of money and valuables in one area and to keep a close eye on family members and vulnerable people in your community.

“Do not buy, sell or sign up to any work on the doorstep no matter how urgent they say the work is.

"If you are suspicious of the caller’s intentions, tell them to go away and call a family member or neighbour and inform the police on 101. If they won’t leave, then call 999.”

Further advice can be found on the force Twitter account using #DPXmasCountdown or visit the Dorset Police website here.

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12:30am Tue 17 Dec 13

fastjet says...

101 takes ages to be answered the burglar will be well on his way back to littlemoor
101 takes ages to be answered the burglar will be well on his way back to littlemoor fastjet

11:07pm Tue 17 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

fastjet wrote:
101 takes ages to be answered the burglar will be well on his way back to littlemoor
Down the Yellow brick road as he heads back,just as he gets to the estate he hears the blue meanies overhead in the whirly bird machine.

He skips over a fence and he is home.

Sitting in his kitchen,he can hear the blue meanies whirly bird machine fly away into the distance.

Now safely at home drinking his Stella,safe in the knowledge the swag will provide the cash for a bang on xmas. LOL
[quote][p][bold]fastjet[/bold] wrote: 101 takes ages to be answered the burglar will be well on his way back to littlemoor[/p][/quote]Down the Yellow brick road as he heads back,just as he gets to the estate he hears the blue meanies overhead in the whirly bird machine. He skips over a fence and he is home. Sitting in his kitchen,he can hear the blue meanies whirly bird machine fly away into the distance. Now safely at home drinking his Stella,safe in the knowledge the swag will provide the cash for a bang on xmas. LOL westbaywonder

9:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

jmc1 says...

What a couple of pathetic creatures you really are.
What a couple of pathetic creatures you really are. jmc1

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