Police urge cold caller vigilance
2:27pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
POLICE in Ceredigion are urging vigilance in relation to cold callers, following incidents reported recently where rogue traders have targeted local residents.
There have been reports of individuals canvassing for work, which include house improvement and distributing leaflets offering work including tarmacking, gardening and property maintenance.
Police are offering advice in the form of three clear steps, which is hoped will help decrease the number of rogue trader and distraction burglary victims across Wales, and to increase the reporting of suspicious doorstep incidents.
The three-part message to the public is: If in doubt, keep them out. Don't let them pressure you into opening the door.
Be prepared. Be in control. Think about what to say to doorstep cold callers in advance. Keep a list of key contact numbers to check out legitimate callers.
Call a neighbour or the police.
Detective Constable Hefina Hughes said: “This advice is important as it raises awareness of the dangers of doorstep fraudsters, and offers clear advice on how to react if a doorstep caller knocks at the front door.
“You should always be on your guard, as the person stood on your doorstep could be a legitimate caller, or they might be a rogue trader, or even a distraction burglar. Our advice is simple – if in doubt keep them out!”
To contact Dyfed-Powys Police call 101.