Most people that call at your home are genuine, but some are not. Burglars won't go to the trouble of breaking into your home if they can simply knock on the door and be invited inside. You should always be on your guard when anyone you're not expecting - a man, woman or even a child - turns up at your door.
Types of bogus callers
Bogus "officials" may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, water company, health authority or other organizations. Their real purpose is to talk their way into your home to see what they can steal.
Bogus "dealers" may offer to buy your antiques, furniture and jewelry, at what it seems to be a good price. They are trying to trick you into selling something for a lot less than it's worth. If you want to sell something, choose one or two genuine dealers to value it or ask a friend or relative for recommendations.
Bogus "workmen" may say that they need to come into your home to check something or make urgent repairs. Again, they really want to steal your possessions. You should also be wary of callers who offer to carry out building repairs or surface your drive. Often they ask for payment in advance - they may even offer to drive you to the bank to withdraw the money. Then they disappear or do a poor job.
If you need building work carried out, get several written quotes from reputable firms, then decide on which is best. If in doubt talk it through with a neighbour or someone in your family. The guide below may be useful which advises you on how to deal with doorstep callers.
In order to beat this type of crime a "Doorstep Crime network Group" has been set up in Salford with the help of Greater Manchester Police Authority. Members included in this group are from Greater Manchester Police, Salford City Council's Community Safety Unit, Trading Standards, Primary Care Trust, Home Improvement Agency and Housing and Planning.
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This page was last updated on 25 September 2012