Police are asking the friends and family of older or vulnerable people to talk to them about the issue of ‘cold callers’ – and make sure they know what to do when salespeople telephone or come to their door.
Superintendent Jeremy Lindsay said: “We want to keep everyone safe in our community and I would appeal to householders to be aware of cold callers telephoning or coming to your door. We are aware of a new trend surrounding the issue of discounted TV costs in the Coleraine area.
“I would appeal to anyone who witnesses any activity that raises your suspicions to contact police immediately. This is a good way to alert us so we can investigate – and will help deter criminals and reduce crime in the area. Call us on the non-emergency number 101 or you can visit nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni to report a scam.
Please remember the scam test –
· Seems too good to be true
· Contacted out of the blue
· Asked for personal details
· Money is requested
“If you would like further advice on home security you can contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 101.
“Remember too that the free Quick Check service is available by phoning 101 to check if callers are genuine and ‘No Cold Calling Zone’ stickers are also available on request from your local Crime Prevention Officer by calling 101 or from the Policing and Community Safety Partnership by calling 0300 0300 900.
“Here are some straightforward suggestions for keeping you, your property and your possessions safe:
1. Close and lock all doors and windows even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
2. Leave a light on if it will be dark before you get home. Consider security lights. To a burglar, a dark house is an empty house.
3. Keep your valuables out of sight.
4. Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away from home.
5. Don’t leave car keys near your door, letterbox or windows.
6. Always check who is at the door. Not sure? Don’t open the door.
7. Set your alarm when going out. If you do not have an alarm, consider installing one.
8. Ask a neighbour or a friend to check your property and to remove post from the porch/hallway.
9. Inform police if your house is to be vacant for any length of time.
10. Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked and secure ladders.”