Bogus Callers (Distraction Burglary)


Most people who call at your home will be genuine. But sometimes, people turn up unannounced and try to trick their way into your home to steal your valuables and money. These are known as 'distraction burglars' and 'bogus callers’.

To help yourself, just consider 

Are you expecting anyone?
Be cautious, representatives from utility companies rarely visit without appointments. 

Lock back doors and windows
Before answering your front door – thieves are known to work in pairs, one entering through the back door while the other knocks at the front.

Use a spyhole and check ID

Keep the door on the chain. If they do not carry an ID card, do not let them in. Dont assume the telephone  number on an ID card is genuine. Look up the number in the phone book or on a recent bill. 

Close your door
Never leave your front door unattended. If you need to get something, close the door until you return.

Always Report bogus callers
If there is a bogus caller at your door, call police on 999, with details and descriptions of the caller(s). If you have other information on bogus callers, call the police on 101.


There’s a handy leaflet
you can also download

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