The Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has launched a DVD to help deter door step crime and bogus callers.
Entitled ‘Don’t Be My Guest’, the DVD is in the form of a play, with a series of scenarios highlighting the kinds of tricks which bogus callers use to gain access to houses, as well as the precautions which people can take when answering their doors to unknown callers.
Speaking as the DVD made its debut at a meeting of the Coagh Time and Talent Group, Councillor Phelim Gildernew, Chair of Mid Ulster PCSP, said:
“Although most people who come to your door will be genuine, not all are. This DVD is a great resource to raise awareness across the Mid Ulster area of bogus callers and door step crime and to inform people about what precautions to take when answering the door to unknown callers.
“The PCSP will be available to visit community groups throughout the district to show the film and we are working closely with PSNI Crime Prevention to raise awareness of the issue and help prevent local people, particularly those who are vulneravle, from becoming a victim of doorstep crime. This initiative ultimately is about making our communities safe”.
Joanne Smyth, Crime Prevention Officer, advised:
“Most callers to your home will be genuine, however it is good practice to check their identity before allowing them to access your home”.
The PSNI advises:
- Keep front and back doors locked
- Fit a door bar/chain and use it
- Only deal with callers by appointment
- Ask the caller for their identification and check it carefully
- If the caller states they are from one of the utility companies e.g. Water or Electricity Service use the Quickcheck Freephone Number 0800 013 22 90 to confirm if they are genuine
- If the company is not registered with Quickcheck phone the company direct – note these calls will be charged
- Do not rely on the information provided by the caller or taken from their calling card – use the phonebook to check for the Company telephone number
- Always use reputable tradesmen who have been recommended by someone who has used them
- Don’t buy or do business with Cold Callers – take time to think about a transaction, a reputable trader will understand
- If a caller refuses to leave contact Police immediately on T:101 or Trading Standards on 0300 123 62 62
- Don’t keep large amounts of money in your house
- Never agree to go to your bank, building society or post office to withdraw money and never hand over a signed blank cheque.
Further information and NO COLD CALLING stickers are available from the PSNI by contacting your local Crime Prevention Officer on 101.
For further information on the Bogus Caller DVD contact the Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership on 03000 132 132, E: [email protected].