Home visits to prevent bogus callers

PCSOs Katie Gerrard and Kevin Simpson, who cover Alnwick, handing out crime prevention leaflets to residents in sheltered accommodation in the town.
PCSOs Katie Gerrard and Kevin Simpson, who cover Alnwick, handing out crime prevention leaflets to residents in sheltered accommodation in the town.

Police are visiting residents at sheltered accommodation to help them stay safe from bogus callers.

Officers from Alnwick Neighbourhood Policing Team have been out to talk to residents in St Paul’s Court and Percy Court in the town and have been handing out crime prevention leaflets with tips on how to prevent being taken in by bogus callers.

This supports the forcewide ‘If in doubt, keep them out!’ initiative, which aims to raise awareness of the problem of doorstep criminals – people who carry out distraction burglaries, such as bogus officials, high-pressure doorstep salesmen and rogue traders.

Neighbourhood sergeant Neville Wharrier said: “It’s important we do all we can to help people stay safe.

“By talking to residents and handing out the crime prevention leaflets we hope to get the safety message across.

“Bogus callers can target the more vulnerable members of our communities, including the elderly, and we hope our latest campaign will raise awareness of crime prevention.

“We also want to remind people to keep a friendly eye out on their relatives, friends and neighbours, to follow our simple crime prevention tips and look out for suspicious callers in their area.

“It’s also a good way for members of the community to get to know who their local officer is and talk about any policing matters.”

People are advised to make a note of the telephone numbers of their local utility suppliers on the crime prevention leaflets, then if they get a caller at their door, they can quickly check the callers is genuine, before they let them in by phoning the organisation.

Anyone who wants to contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team can contact them on 101 ext 69191.