DON’T let bogus callers or distraction burglars ruin the festive season for you.
That’s the message from Cheshire police who say that every year hundreds of people are approached by criminals who often prey on the most vulnerable members of society.
And despite increased awareness and positive action from the police it seems some bogus callers are still looking to target residents in Ellesmere Port and Neston NPU.
This Christmas, the message from Inspector Richard Rees is clear: “Give them a frosty reception.”
He added: “Distraction burglars and bogus callers use a variety of techniques to get into people’s homes, but each individual criminal will usually use the same excuse.
“These can range from claiming to be an official from the water board to asking if a pet has run into the victim’s back garden.”
Added Insp Rees: “In the latest incident, at The Boulevard, Ellesmere Port, the offender claimed drains had collapsed and that he needed paying to repair them.
“I would urge all residents to be aware of this type of crime and to take a stand against it.
“If someone calls at your house and claims to be from an organisation or authority, ask to see identification.
“If they are genuine they will be happy to produce ID.
“If you still have any doubts, call the company they claim to represent or ring the police.”
Police advise all residents to use the Lock, Stop, Chain and Check guidelines.
This means keeping the door locked at all times even if you are at home.
Insp Rees said: “If there’s a knock at the door stop a moment and think: ‘Am I expecting anyone to call?.’
“Make sure the door chain is on before answering the door and check the ID of anyone calling at the home who says they are from an official body.”
Anyone with information about crime can contact Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.