police issue warning over bogus callers
have this week warned residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to
beware of bogus callers.
follows several distraction burglaries across the police force
area where criminals have gained entry to people's homes by either
pretending to be from a water company or coaxing the victim away
from their doorstep by talking to them about repair work on the
outside of their homes.
had money stolen from their homes after answering the door to
a man in his early 20s who said that he was doing work on behalf
of the council or that there was a panel on the garden fence that
needed fixing. While the victim was distracted, a second person
entered the their house unnoticed and stole money.
Keith McCoubrey, who leads Avon and Somerset Police's fight against
doorstep criminals, said: "Offenders have been knocking on
doors, unfortunately targeting elderly and more vulnerable people,
and claiming they need to fix water leaks or they are going to
be working on behalf of the local council."
someone knocks on your door and you hear these things, alarm bells
should start ringing. There is no longer a Water Board
it is a term used only by bogus callers."
you are visited by someone requesting access and you have not
reported a water leak or you have not been informed of any work
due to be carried out on the property where you live then do not
let anyone into your home. Equally do not leave your door unlocked
and unattended to go into the garden or the back of the house.
It is common in these types of offences for criminals to work
in pairs and a second person to enter a house to steal once the
victim is distracted."
wary of unknown, unscheduled callers even if they have
a plastic ID card or a boiler suit it does not make them genuine.
A genuine official will understand if you turn them away and will
happily make a future appointment or provide credentials to confirm
distraction burglary and rogue trading offences are falling year
on year and these types of crimes happen very infrequently. But
there is no room for complacency."