Bogus callers

When a stranger calls

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?

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.

Use your door viewer, or look through your front window to see who is there.

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.

Additional advice for the Elderly

While the elderly often feel more concerned about crime, they are actually less likely than other people to be victims. Measures like these will make you feel even more secure:

  • Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious.
  • Never keep large amounts of cash in your home.
  • Don’t keep your pension book somewhere obvious – like the hallway or a kitchen drawer.
  • Ask your council if they operate any security schemes and, if so, ask to join them.