A son has spoken of his concern after his elderly mother was approached by doorstep sellers who were offering to carry out repairs.
The man, who did not want to be named, said the firm had managed to talk his 82-year-old mum into having her ridge tiles cemented on her Alnwick house, before her family intervened.
He said: “They said the job would take two hours to do and they were charging £300. Now, I am a builder and for two hours’ work, to do that job, I would say that £150 would be a lot of money.”
Police are issuing crime-prevention advice, to encourage residents to be vigilant of potential bogus callers.
Some of the pointers that officers are giving include:
• Keep your front and back doors locked, even when at home;
• Look through a spy hole or window to identify the caller;
• Check their identity card carefully, even if the caller has a pre-arranged appointment;
• Don’t let visitors who are in a hurry pressurise or confuse you;
• Never use a telephone number given by the caller – find the number in your telephone directory;
• If you are not comfortable, ask the caller to return when someone is with you, and if you are not sure, do not let them in.
For more advice, visit www.northumbria.police.uk