Police in Peterborough are advising residents about opportunities for doorstep crime following reports of two middle aged white males cold calling in Tintern Rise, Little Close and Woad Court in Eye. They were purporting to be advising on digital aerials, but one male was seen to be wandering around back of properties whilst one male engaged in conversation with the resident.
Carol Aston, Community Safety Officer is advising residents that the switchover to digital TV process may generate opportunities for doorstep crime. This can include bogus workmen, unsolicited sales calls, mis-selling as well as distraction burglary methods such as 'I need to tune your television' or 'your aerial won't work'.
Please be aware that before opening the door to any stranger, stop. If the door has a chain, use it, and ask to see a form of identification. Have the visitor hand their identification through the door or letter box, and call the company to confirm that the visit is legitimate and the identification is not a fake. A genuine company employee will happily wait while the necessary checks are made. If unsure, don't open the door!
If the visitor claims to have left the identification card at home or in their vehicle turn them away. If he or she becomes aggressive at any time, keep them outside your door and immediately call 999. You should report any suspicious behaviour to the Police on 0845 456 456 4.
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