Bogus Callers and Rogue Traders

Distraction burglary

Distraction burglary is where criminals call at your home posing as officials (possibly gas, electricity or water, amongst others) or asking for help with something (lost ball in your garden, car broken down, amongst others). They generally target older people and their sole intention is to trick their way into your home to steal.

Around 12,000 incidents of distraction burglary are reported every year.

Rogue traders

Rogue traders call at your door unexpectedly and offer to do work on your home or garden that will be either unnecessary or vastly over-priced. Some of these people have links with distraction burglars.

I will give you advice and show you practical examples of how to deal with bogus callers and rogue traders so that you can stay safe and avoid becoming one of their victims. I will also tell you how you can make sure that you know whether someone at your door is a genuine employee of a utility company rather than a bogus official.

Following my talk you will have the confidence to deal safely and properly with any person who comes to your door uninvited.

IF YOU THINK THAT THE CALLER AT YOUR DOOR IS BOGUS THEN DIAL 999 AND REQUEST THE POLICE