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Be aware of doorstep criminals

Alert message sent 12/10/2019 21:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Doorstep criminals are targeting residents in your area

Look out for your neighbours and those who are vulnerable in your community.

We use 'doorstep crime' to describe distraction burglary and rogue trading.

Offenders knock on the door pretending to be someone else. They may then:

distract you to get in and steal items, sometimes with an accomplice
pretend to have lost a pet

claim they need to use your home phone

claim they're from the council, a utility supplier (water or gas, for example) or even police


If it's an emergency, call 999 now.

If you're not sure, don't open the door. 

And always:

lock all doors, even when at home

use a chain or spy hole

stop unknown people from entering

tell the police about unwanted or suspicious callers by calling 101

You can also provide information to the independent Crimestoppers charity if you want to stay anonymous: call them on 0800 555 111.  

Message sent by
Emily Odell (Police, PCSO, Test Vaelly District)

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