Did you see anything suspicious? Police are very keen to speak with anyone who has information, or CCTV or dash cam footage, that may be able to assist their investigation. Please phone 101 with reference 44210223204.
Here’s some advice to follow:
Always be on your guard when anyone you’re not expecting – a man, woman or even a child – turns up at your door. An honest face or good story can hide a trick to get into your home.
• LOCK – Keep your front and back doors locked even when you are at home.
• STOP – Before you answer, stop and think whether you are expecting anyone. Check you have locked the back door and taken the key out. Look through a spy hole or window to see who the caller is.
• CHAIN – If you decide to open the door, put the chain or door bar on first, if you have one.
• CHECK – Look at their clothing. Some official callers will have a uniform bearing their organisation name or logo. Even if the caller has a pre-arranged appointment with you, check their identification card carefully. Close the door while you do this. If you are still unsure, call the company concerned to verify their representative’s identity. Don’t call the number on the card they give you, look it up independently.
If you think a bogus caller has been to your home, call the police immediately on 999.