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Preventing Doorstep Crime


Preventing Doorstep Crime

Doorstep crime can include rogue traders, offering home improvement or gardening services, or bogus callers who claim to be the council, police, health carers or energy companies. If in doubt – Keep them out.

Rogue Traders may:

  • Say they are in the area and have spotted a problem with your home or garden.
  • Claim to have materials left from another job, like paving or tarmac.
  • Try to pressurise you to buy goods or sign up for services on the spot.
  • Offer to carry out work cheaply but charge an extortionate price after it have been completed.
  • Offer to drive you to a bank so you withdraw money to pay them.
  • Provide false names, addresses, or telephone numbers.
  • A pedlar is someone who calls at your door to sell items that they have on offer. This can often include cleaning or household goods.

  • By law, they are required to carry a pedlar’s certificate, which are issued by police force in the area where they live.
  • Bogus Callers may:

  • Claim to be working for the council, water, gas, or electric company. They could also say they are a nurse, doctor, or from the police.
  • Say they need to come into your home or try to get you to go outside.
  • Try to distract you so they can steal your money.
  • Can be male, female or even children.
  • Tips to keep you safe

  • Check the identity of any caller. Confirm who they are by calling the company they work for using number from the telephone directory or a bill.
  • Ask a neighbour to come around to check them before you open the door.
  • Tell them to come back at a time when someone will be at home with you.
  • Keeps doors and windows locked and use the door chain every time you answer the door.

    Please report suspicious behaviour on the following contact methods:

  • Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
  • Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
  • Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
  • Phone – call us on 101.

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    Fiona Clancy
    (Police, PCSO, Derbyshire Dales)

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