There has been an increase in the number of reported doorstep crimes, with this in mind Stag Security Services Ltd want to offer some advice on keeping both yourself and your home secure.
Doorstep crimes are mostly carried out by opportunistic fraudsters or rogue traders, who at first glance may appear like professional tradespeople with the appropriate attire and equipment, but these are simple tactics to con and deceive innocent victims. They will often target the most vulnerable with their criminal activities such as fraud, theft and in the worst cases physical harm.
Only let people into your home if you are 100% sure they are who they say they are, you can ask them to wait whilst you check with their employers that they are who they appear to be, if they are genuine they will be happy to wait whilst you verify their details.
If you feel you are being put on the spot by someone, ask them to come back at another time, this will give you a chance to look into them and see if they are legitimate.
Our advice when speaking to an unknown person on your doorstep is to be clear and decisive.
• Just say “No” if you’re not interested in their product or services.
• Use a door chain or spy hole on opening your door.
• There are now relatively cheap CCTV doorbell systems which offer live recordable footage of your front door.
• Always ask for their ID when engaging in a conversation.
In the event of an emergency, always call 999. You can also provide information to the independent Crime stoppers charity anonymously by calling 0800 555 111. If you have suspicions which you wish to report to police please use the non-emergency service by calling 101.
“If you’re unsure – Don’t open your door”