Households urged to be on their guard against doorstep conmen

Bournemouth Echo: Households urged to be on their guard against doorstep conmen Households urged to be on their guard against doorstep conmen

HOUSEHOLDERS are being urged to be on their guard against doorstep conmen this Christmas.

Dorset Police have issued advice to people – including making sure a door chain is fitted, large amounts of cash are not kept at home, keeping contact with neighbours and family and keeping doors locked.

Inspector Richard Dixey, of Dorset Police, said: “Make sure the people you care about and your elderly neighbours are not vulnerable to bogus callers or distraction burglars this Christmas.

“Victims of bogus callers or distraction burglaries are usually elderly and live by themselves.

“The offenders will often work in pairs with one person acting as the distraction while the other enters the home.”

Residents are also being urged to use a chain when opening their door, to ask callers for identification and not sign up to work on the doorstep.

If a caller is thought to be suspicious, they should be asked to leave and then the police called on 101. If they won’t leave, call 999.

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2:44pm Tue 17 Dec 13

fireflier says...

Be sure to join your Neighbourhood Watch or Home Watch Groupthat folks can look out for each other.
Be sure to join your Neighbourhood Watch or Home Watch Groupthat folks can look out for each other. fireflier

8:02pm Tue 17 Dec 13

rotcoddam says...

Advice to elderly DO NOT WASTE TIME DIALING 101 call 999 in the first place. If you dial 101 it is likely the conman will have died of old age by the time anybody responds. Then you will be speaking to some numb nuts who hasn,t a clue about the area you are calling from who will transfer you to another line where you will wait a further....who knows 10....20 minutes before repeating your tale to another disinterested call handler. Call the cops direct 999
Advice to elderly DO NOT WASTE TIME DIALING 101 call 999 in the first place. If you dial 101 it is likely the conman will have died of old age by the time anybody responds. Then you will be speaking to some numb nuts who hasn,t a clue about the area you are calling from who will transfer you to another line where you will wait a further....who knows 10....20 minutes before repeating your tale to another disinterested call handler. Call the cops direct 999 rotcoddam

9:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Peroni says...

rotcoddam wrote:
Advice to elderly DO NOT WASTE TIME DIALING 101 call 999 in the first place. If you dial 101 it is likely the conman will have died of old age by the time anybody responds. Then you will be speaking to some numb nuts who hasn,t a clue about the area you are calling from who will transfer you to another line where you will wait a further....who knows 10....20 minutes before repeating your tale to another disinterested call handler. Call the cops direct 999
And wait another 40 mins for the old bill to turn up !!!
[quote][p][bold]rotcoddam[/bold] wrote: Advice to elderly DO NOT WASTE TIME DIALING 101 call 999 in the first place. If you dial 101 it is likely the conman will have died of old age by the time anybody responds. Then you will be speaking to some numb nuts who hasn,t a clue about the area you are calling from who will transfer you to another line where you will wait a further....who knows 10....20 minutes before repeating your tale to another disinterested call handler. Call the cops direct 999[/p][/quote]And wait another 40 mins for the old bill to turn up !!! Peroni

10:30pm Tue 17 Dec 13

fireflier says...

rotcoddam wrote:
Advice to elderly DO NOT WASTE TIME DIALING 101 call 999 in the first place. If you dial 101 it is likely the conman will have died of old age by the time anybody responds. Then you will be speaking to some numb nuts who hasn,t a clue about the area you are calling from who will transfer you to another line where you will wait a further....who knows 10....20 minutes before repeating your tale to another disinterested call handler. Call the cops direct 999
Very good advice ............... Dial 999!!!
[quote][p][bold]rotcoddam[/bold] wrote: Advice to elderly DO NOT WASTE TIME DIALING 101 call 999 in the first place. If you dial 101 it is likely the conman will have died of old age by the time anybody responds. Then you will be speaking to some numb nuts who hasn,t a clue about the area you are calling from who will transfer you to another line where you will wait a further....who knows 10....20 minutes before repeating your tale to another disinterested call handler. Call the cops direct 999[/p][/quote]Very good advice ............... Dial 999!!! fireflier

12:07am Wed 18 Dec 13

Turtlebay says...

As a genuine delivery person it amazes me that so many people, having wisely locked the front door, then remove the key and take it into another room. What ever would they do in the dark in the event of a fire? Suffocate on the smoke whilst they try and find the key!
As a genuine delivery person it amazes me that so many people, having wisely locked the front door, then remove the key and take it into another room. What ever would they do in the dark in the event of a fire? Suffocate on the smoke whilst they try and find the key! Turtlebay

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