Police issue alert on bogus officials

BE AWARE: Bogus callers can use fake IDs

BE AWARE: Bogus callers can use fake IDs

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DORSET residents are being urged to be on their guard from distraction burglars who pose as officials in a bid to gain entry to people’s homes.

The Consumer Council for Water has issued the warning against criminals who claim to be from the ‘water board’ or another recognised organisation to gain entry to a home and steal. They say around 30 bogus caller crimes happen in England and Wales every day.

Distraction burglars struck 28 times in Dorset the first seven months of this year, and 33 times the same time the previous year.

Offenders make up stories to get into people’s homes. They can work in groups, be men, women or children and their stories will appear genuine and will sometimes sound urgent.

Detective Inspector Richard Dixey said there were 48 in 2011 which equates to around one a week.

“It is an extremely high impact crime. It can leave the victims feeling silly, that they have let themselves and others down. They often feel like it is their fault they have been duped.

“The victims of distraction burglary tend to be vulnerable adults or the elderly – it a pretty despicable crime which targets people in their home where they should feel safe.”

DI Dixey added: “These people are extremely clever, very competent and convincing.

“We are fortunate we have low crime levels in Dorset in relation to distraction burglary but it is an arguably an under-reported crime and we would urge anyone who has been a victim of distraction burglary to report it to their local police.”

Dorset Police can be contacted on 101.

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6:30pm Tue 11 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

People may not know that meter readers do not have an automatic right to enter your home.
Meters have to be read every 2 years by a representative of the utility supplier but in between those readings, if you can operate your gas and electricity accounts on-line, you can provide your own readings.
People may not know that meter readers do not have an automatic right to enter your home. Meters have to be read every 2 years by a representative of the utility supplier but in between those readings, if you can operate your gas and electricity accounts on-line, you can provide your own readings. lostnfound
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6:36pm Tue 11 Sep 12

jmc1 says...

I have read and sent my meter readings online for the past 2 years,my utility company still reads the meter every few months
I have read and sent my meter readings online for the past 2 years,my utility company still reads the meter every few months jmc1
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7:18pm Tue 11 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

jmc1
The point that I was trying to make is if it is not a suitable time for you when they arrive on your doorstep, they can't legally demand entry no matter what the meter reader may say, if you are busy or engaged in some activity or other, just tell them to go away.
jmc1 The point that I was trying to make is if it is not a suitable time for you when they arrive on your doorstep, they can't legally demand entry no matter what the meter reader may say, if you are busy or engaged in some activity or other, just tell them to go away. lostnfound
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