On 30 June Humberside Police received two calls within two hours from elderly people or their relatives letting them know they had someone calling at their home pretending to be a police officer.
They also had two reports of burglaries in the same area at the same time.
The incidents occurred in the Boulevard area of Hull. Two residents, one on St Georges Road and one on Thornwick Close, were visited by a woman in plain clothes purporting to be a police officer. Two houses on the same streets around the same time were entered through insecure doors and a handbag and a wallet stolen.
Humberside Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything that would help with their enquiries to call the non-emergency number 101 quoting log 127 of 30/06/2017.
We are asking people to share this information so that the public are made aware of the scam and also spread awareness to their elderly loved ones and neighbours.
To prevent becoming a victim of bogus callers please follow the advice below:
LOCK, STOP, CHAIN and CHECK: When someone calls at your door and offers to do repairs to your home or to ask for urgent help, or when someone official knocks on your door, follow these simple steps to help protect yourself and your home from bogus callers.
LOCK: Keep your front and back doors locked at all times, even when at home.
STOP: Before you answer, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked any back doors and taken the key out. Look through the spy hole or the window to see who it is.
CHAIN: If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or bar on first. Keep the bar or chain on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep. Some bogus callers call on older and vulnerable people saying they need help urgently. They may ask you to help them outside the house or ask to come in to make a phone call or have a glass of water. Only go to help them if you have someone else with you. Don’t worry if you choose not to help it is not rude or unfriendly. Normally, when the door is shut and locked, leave the bar or chain off in case you need to get out in an emergency or a carer or relative needs to gain access with a key from outside.
CHECK: If someone who looks official calls at your door, always do the following. Ask for and carefully check their identity card, even if they have a prearranged appointment (all genuine callers will carry one). Do they look like the person on the card? Is the name the same one as that on your letter? Close the door while you do this. If you are not expecting them and they have not shown you an identity card, do not let them in until you have checked and double-checked that the caller is genuine. If you think the caller is genuine, but you would rather have a friend or relative with you, ask the caller to rearrange to a time when you are not on your own.