Yesterday we had three separate reported incidents of persons claiming to be Police Officers in the Rushcliffe area.
In all cases, the suspect tried the occupant’s door, or opened the letter box, and when challenged by the occupants they stated they were Police Officers.
Descriptions vary, but in general it appears they are white males, late twenties, one may have an Irish accent. They may have had a face covering, balaclava and or a woolly hat, and wearing a green or black jacket.
ALL POLICE OFFICERS CARRY IDENTITY CARDS. ASK FOR THIS TO BE PASSED TO YOU THROUGH THE LETTER BOX, OR THROUGH THE OPENING OF YOUR DOOR IF ON A CHAIN. IF IN DOUBT, CALL THE CONTROL ROOM ON 101 TO CONFIRM THE OFFICERS IDENTITY.
If you’re not sure who is at your door, don’t open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they claim to be from eg. Police, council, or gas, electricity and water companies. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or sent to you from your service provider.
Many utility service providers like gas, electricity and water, offer password schemes for customers, sign up to these. When unannounced callers claiming to be from these utility providers call at your door they should know the password if they are genuine.
Water Boards no longer exist, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers.
If a builder or tradesman offers to accompany you to the bank so you can withdraw cash to pay them don’t accept. Arrange for someone you know well to take you and pay the tradesman later.
Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home; put it in the bank where it is safe
Keep doors locked and windows secure at all times.
Ensure that if you do let somebody in to your home, you close the door behind them – distraction burglars often work in teams, where one will distract you whilst others sneak in through the insecure door.
If somebody asks for your help (needs to make a telephone call, lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or pen and paper) refer them to a younger neighbour or assist them through a closed door or call a friend or neighbour to come and help.
If you suspect a bogus caller is at your door, call 999 immediately.