Posted: Thu 12th Sep 2013

Elderly resident robbed by cold callers in Queenferry – Police advice

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013


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Police in Flintshire are reminding residents to secure their property and to be on their guard for cold callers.

The message follows an incident in Aston Road, Queensferry on August 22 when two male cold callers managed to talk their way into a home of an elderly resident and stole jewellery and a small amount of cash.

DI Tim Evans said; “I would urge people to secure their property before they leave home and to be wary of cold callers.

“You can stay safe in your own home with this three step plan.

One: If in doubt, keep them out. It sounds simple, but if you don’t let someone in – they will go away. Don’t let them pressure you into opening the door.

Two: Be prepared. Be in control. Think about what to say to doorstep cold callers in advance. Keep a list of key contact numbers near your phone so you can check out legitimate callers. Tell all other unwanted callers to go away.

Three: Call a neighbour or the police. Contact a local relative or nominated neighbour who can help verify a cold caller. If you think someone is a rogue trader call us on 101. To report a distraction burglar or rogue trader who has taken your money and is still in the area – call 999.

Remember genuine callers will not mind waiting. It’s your home. You don’t have to let anyone in.”

 

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