Hampshire Constabulary are aware of a number of doorstep fraud incidents taking place in the county and have provided helpful advice on how to stay safe and smart about it.
About doorstep fraud
Doorstep criminals come in many disguises, often as innocent members of the public, tradespeople or police officers. If they approach you and your home, they will try to find an excuse to enter your property to steal or charge inflated prices for ‘repairs’ they have undertaken with or without your permission.
Common excuses to look out for:
- Plain clothes police officer(s) needs to discuss a crime.
- A group of young people have lost a ball, or require access to a phone.
- Energy suppliers, water companies or the council need access to your home.
How to stay safe
Lock all doors
- ‘Distraction’ burglars work in pairs and will find a way to distract you at the front door while another person uses the back door to enter your home. Ensure all of your accessible doors are locked to avoid this.
- It’s important to remember that it’s OK to ask an unwanted visitor to leave, denying access to your home.
- Always keep your door locked if you are unsure about the person knocking on the door.
- Never employ passing traders who cold call, and try not to feel pressured into saying yes to something you aren’t happy with.
Ask for ID
- If you are visited by an unknown person who says they are from a certain company, call their employer to establish that their identity is genuine. If they are who they say they are, they won’t mind.
If you feel threatened contact 999 and to report any doorstep crime call 101. You can send a text to 07781 480 999 or mini-com call on 18001 101.