Doorstep criminals are targeting residents in your area.
Doorstep crime: What does it mean, exactly? Hampshire Constabulary uses this term to describe distraction burglary and rogue trading.
Offenders knock on the door pretending to be someone else. They distract the resident to gain entry and steal items from inside, sometimes with an accomplice. Offenders may pretend to have lost a pet or claim they need to use your home phone. They may claim they are from a council, utility supplier, or even police.
Our advice is: Not sure? Don’t open the door
• Lock: All doors, even when at home. Use a chain or spy hole.
• Stop: Unknown people from entering.
• Tell: Police about unwanted or suspicious callers, phone 101.
• If you feel threatened call 999
• Deaf? Mini-com call users call 18001 101 or send a text to 07781 480999
• Want to stay anonymous? Call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111
UPDATE: June 2016
A new fraud has been targeting the elderly and vulnerable in Hampshire, with the ruse of an angry HMRC representative demanding monies for an unpaid tax bill. For more details and advice, click here.
Click below to download and print copies of our doorstep crime prevention literature.
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