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Bordon Area - Cold Caller

Alert message sent 19/06/2020 19:27:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

#Longmoor NPT would like to make you aware of the following incident where an unknown person has been knocking on doors and asking for money. Whilst this is not a crime it can however be very upsetting for our more vulnerable and older people who may feel intimidated by the call. Please could we ask you to look out for your neighbours and help keep them safe.   
Please follow the below advice in helping to deal with any suspicious unwanted cold callers:
 - Keep your front and back doors locked, even when you are at home.

- Install a ‘spy hole’ or electronic viewer in your front door so you can see who it is before you open the door, or a door chain.

- The safest thing to do is simply not to answer the door to anyone you are not expecting. (Ask family to call you)

- However, if you do answer the door, and you don’t know the person, just say ‘no’. Tell them you have a friend or relative who can sort out any problems. If they persist, tell  them to leave or you will call the police.

- Don’t be fooled by sales talk such as:

“We’re working around the corner and noticed a loose tile on your roof”
“We’re in your area and it’s a special price if you agree today”
“I’ve just done a job for your neighbour”
“We’ve got material left over from another job”
 - Remember – reputable traders don’t need to knock on doors to get work.

- Trading Standards advise that you should only use tradespeople that have been recommended to you by people you trust, or pick one from the ‘Approved Tradespeople’ leaflets that are distributed by local councils.

If your doorstep visitor is claiming to be fundraising for charity, check that the charity is genuine by looking online for their phone number and calling the office to check the collection is real. Never check their authenticity using phone numbers provided by the collector.

If you’re in any doubt at all, just ask the person to leave.

It’s not rude to ask someone to leave. Here are some things you can say to get rid of callers on your doorstep:
“I never deal with cold callers at the door, please would you leave.”
“I have a neighbour who helps me, so please go and knock on their door first.”
“I don’t know who you are, so would you please leave.”
Message sent by
John Payne (Police, PCSO, East Ha)

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