There has been a report of Cold Calling in the village today – here is some Police advice on Cold Calling
Most people who knock on your door or ring your doorbell are genuine, but some are not. A friendly face and a warm smile is not always what it seems. Always be on your guard.
People that commit these types of offences may say they are from the water, gas or electric company or the local council. They may ask for a glass of water, or to wash their hands or claim to have lost a pet. They will use ANY STORY to get into YOUR HOME. They can be young (even children) or old, male or female, and might work alone or in teams.
You can keep them out if you have any doubt at all:
Lock – your doors and windows, even when you’re at home.
Stop – are you expecting anyone, do they have an appointment? Make sure the back door is locked – some thieves work in pairs with the other one sneaking in the back while you’re at the front door.
Chain – put the door bar or chain on before you open the door.
Check – check their identity carefully. Ask for an ID card. Close the door and check using a phone number from the phone book or a relevant bill, not the one on the card.
If in doubt, keep them out (particularly if you’re on your own). Ask them to make an appointment or come back later when someone else is around. Genuine callers won’t mind. If you are suspicious, report the incident to the police. You may help prevent them from burgling someone else.
Remember – you can report anyone acting suspiciously to the Police or, if you want to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111