Officers are warning residents to be on their guard following a bogus official incident in Lichfield.
The warning comes after a man from a roofing company visited an elderly gentleman claiming his roof tiles needed replacing. The man has been paid to carry out the work but returned a few days later claiming more work needed to be done and the man has again been paid.
Residents are asked to remain vigilant at all times and to follow the below advice:
- Never trust anyone calling at the door without a prior appointment. Should you receive such a call leave the door locked. The caller will hear you through the door when you ask them who they are. If they state they are from a utilities company ask for your account number, they should have this, if not, do not let them in and tell them to leave, and that you are calling the Police.
- Always ask for ID, and check it.
- Do not allow anyone to carry work out on your home, or sell you anything when they cold call at the door. If you do require work to be done, INSTIGATE IT YOURSELF, by phoning three companies asking for like for like quotes. Then decide.
- Do not keep large amounts of cash in your home, you may think that you have the perfect hiding place, but these criminals will find it.
- Please remember there is no such company as the Water Board, Gas Board or Electric Board. These words are only used by offenders.
- Always report any suspicious behaviour to the police, if you think it is suspicious, it probably is.
- Keep your doors locked even when you are home.
Residents should also follow the stop, chain and check rule when people call at the door:
STOP – If you are not expecting anybody and they don’t have an appointment – don’t let them in
CHAIN – Use your door chain or bar before opening the door
CHECK – Ask to see ID and double check this.
People can also use the Nominate a Neighbour (NAN) scheme which diverts cold callers to a neighbour who will check caller’s identity. NAN packs are available from local police stations.