Pass on our Doorstep crime Prevention Advice
What can you do to protect the person you care for?
- Make the person aware that they are never required to open their door to unexpected callers and that it is not rude to send someone away
- Reinforce the message “IF YOU’RE NOT SURE DON’T OPEN THE DOOR”
- Explain the tactics used by rogue doorstep traders and distraction burglars
- Encourage the person to set up passwords with their utility companies
- Try to ensure that the outside of the property is well maintained, including the garden. Properties that are poorly maintained may be targeted
- Advise the person not to keep money in the house and to keep credit cards, debit cards, cheque books, savings books and any other valuables in a safe place
- Display a ‘No Cold Calling Home’ sticker to discourage unwanted callers
- If you know the person requires some work to be carried out try to assist them to select a reputable traders by directing them to organisations such as their local Home Improvement Agency, Care and Repair or the Trading Standards 'Buy with Confidence' scheme.
- Reinforce this advice on a regular basis and always ask if anything unusual has happened or whether anyone has called at the property uninvited
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