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Security Advice from The Lock Whisperer

Although most people who come to your door will be genuine, not all are. If a burglar can get into your home without having to go to the effort of breaking in, they may try. Taking these extra safety precautions will help you avoid being duped by a potential burglar.
 

What is a bogus caller?

It is a sad fact of life that some criminals will impersonate others to carry out despicable crimes, praying on vulnerable people throughout the community. Unfortunately this type of crime does occur with bogus callers varying in appearance and using a number of excuses to try and trick their way into peoples homes.

The aim of the bogus caller is to try and talk their way into your home, after all if they can walk through your front door after receiving an invite from you, why should they go to all the trouble of having to break into your property.

Bogus callers are people who pretend to be someone they are not, like a workman, or a member of staff from a utility company. Such callers could be looking to commit a distraction burglary: they want to trick their way into your home in order to steal. Always be cautious about any unknown man, woman, or child who comes to your door, without arranging it with you first.
 

  • When anyone claiming to be from a service company comes to the door, always ask for their ID and call the customer services department to confirm it. Any genuine caller will not mind waiting.
  • Most utility companies operate password schemes, so call yours and set one up. Any of their representatives will know this when they come to your house.
  • Genuine trades people should carry photo ID. Keep the door closed while you check it thoroughly, and call their head office if you feel unsure.
  • Be wary of anyone who claims they are in a hurry and needs to get into your home quickly.
  • Never let anyone take you to the bank to withdraw money.
  • If you feel at all unsure, schedule a time for the caller to come back again when a friend or relative can be with you.
  • Remember ‘BOGUS CALLER’.....
  • Before you open the door check to see who it is by looking through your front window or by using a door viewer if you have one, if you have a wooden door and do not a have a viewer / spy hole call me, they only take a few minutes to fit.
  • Only open the door when you have put the chain on.
  • Get a good look at their clothing, some official callers will have a uniform bearing their company or organisation logo.
  • Utility services may operate a password system, contact your local branch to find out more.Suggest that the caller should come back later, you can then check their story by telephoning the organisation or company they claim to represent.
  • Check any phone number they give you in your own telephone directory. Do not rely on the number on their card, it may be the number of their partner in crime.
  • Always lock the back door before opening the front or vice versa. Bogus callers sometimes work in pairs, one caller could be distracting you at the front and the other sneaking in at the back.
  • Let the police and your neighbours know if you have had a suspicious caller at the door.
  • Locks and chains are only a deterrent if they are used !
  • Emergency situations can arise, do not leave the door chain on all of the time as this may cause a delay. Only put the chain on before answering the door.
  • Remember if in doubt keep them out.
 

Bogus callers in all shapes and sizes, including children, are at work. Please do not let them trick you into letting them in. If you do not have a door chain or viewer consider having one fitted, they cost very little.
 

Think ‘Bogus Caller’ Before You Answer The Door.
 

So don’t delay, Pop my number in your phone today!