One of the best ways to make the community safer, is to be
part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. The Neighbourhood Watch
is the largest voluntary movement within the UK, with an estimated
10 million people involved and is about people working together
to make their communities safer and friendlier places to live
The aim of Neighbourhood Watch is to help people protect
themselves and their properties, reduce the fear of crime
and improve their local environment.
Wiltshire's official Neighbourhood Watch website, provided
by the Wiltshire Constabulary, provides information and details
on crime detection, reduction, schemes available to ensure
we all live in a safer environment. Updated regularly, it
provides an education to public what neighbourhood watch
is all about. Full details can be found at www.nhw-wilts.org.uk
There have been many scare stories in the local media about householders being
burgled or ripped off by bogus callers (also often called distraction burglary).
Some people are now afraid to even open their door to anyone. The good news
is that the vast majority of callers to your door will be genuine people from
reputable companies. The bad news is that each victim of a bogus caller is
one too many and that the most likely victims are those who are most vulnerable.
We have details of the latest alerts sent in from Wiltshire Trading Standards
highlighting possible bogus callers operating in the area. For further details click
The knock on the door - The Bogus
What is a bogus caller?
Many burglars will not go to the trouble of breaking
in if they do not have to.
Bogus callers at your door will pretend to be any one of a
number of authentic callers. They may claim to be officials
from the council, service companies, health authority or other
organisations. They may also pretend to be genuine dealers
or salespeople. They may impersonate workmen and say that they
need to come in to check something or make urgent repairs.
Even young children and women may be used to gain your trust
and entry to your home.
These types of bogus caller all want to steal from you, trick
you, or overcharge you for work that they do.
Therefore it is very important to make sure any callers
to your home are genuine. Check the latest alerts for residents
about Bogus Callers operating in he area. More...
How to check that callers are genuine
STOP - CHAIN - CHECK!!
Here is some simple advice to follow to help you make sure
that your caller is not a bogus caller.
- STOP -
think before you open your door. Are you expecting anyone?
Do they have an appointment? If you can, look/talk to them
through your door or a window.
- CHAIN -
secure the door bar or chain before opening the door
- CHECK -
use a door viewer if you have one to see the caller - ask
the caller for proof of identity or identity card. Check
it carefully, but keep the chain on.
If the caller doesnt have an appointment, tell them to
wait outside while you ring their office to confirm their identity.
Use the number from the phone book and not a number on any
ID card provided by the caller. If the caller is legitimate
then you can ask them to call back when you can have a friend
or family member with you. Remember - genuine callers will
not mind if you check. If you have any suspicions at all -
do not let the caller into your home. If you think you may
be at risk then call the Police -
Some service companies operate a password system to verify
the callers status. Contact your local Water/ Gas / Electricity company
to find out more. If you dont have a chain or viewer
then you should try and have them fitted - contact the crime
prevention or community safety officer at your local Police
station for advice. All been issued with identity cards and
will be very happy for you to ask to see them.
Remember, genuine callers will not
mind if you ask for them for confirmation of identity. Factsheets
are available which include Vehicle Crime, Home Security
and Personal Safety. Contact the NNWA for copies or check www.neighbourhoodwatch.net to