Security at Christmas

Some simple advice to protect you, your colleagues and the people you support

A bogus caller may call uninvited to your home with the intention of tricking you into letting them in by saying they are from the utility company, police or social services so that they can steal from you.

Older adults in particular are at risk but anyone can become a victim.

STOP – Before you answer the door, stop and think if you are expecting anyone.Make sure your back door and any other doors leading outside are locked before you go to the front door. If you feel uncomfortable don’t answer the door and lock it.

CHAIN – Open the door with the chain or door bar in place.These act as a barrier when talking to unexpected callers. Talk through a window if you can.

CHECK – Always ask for ID. Genuine callers will always have identification. If you are still uncertain, phone the organisation and confirm the person’s identity. Genuine callers will be happy to wait. Call the number in the telephone book-not the one on the ID which may be bogus.

If someone offers police identification and they are wearing plain clothes, please specifically ask for their Collar number. This then can be checked when phoning for confirmation.

Keep valuables out of sight, lock windows and if you go out leave on an upstairs light

Never give bank or credit card details to someone who contacts you unexpectedly, even in person.

Never give your address, phone number or photograph to someone you only know through the Internet.

Further Information:

Look up ‘Neighbourhood Watch or see for more information on bogus callers and read about the Home Office campaign against rogue traders: Your Doorstep, Your Decision. The Sainsbury’s Bank Blog also hosts an informative article about how to choose a trustworthy tradesperson.

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