Knowsley Older People's Voice

Be aware of Bogus Callers

Bogus callers are people who try to trick their way into your home with the intention of stealing from you. This type of crime is also called a distraction burglary. Bogus callers sometimes pretend to be workmen repairing water, ampoule electricity, buy cialis or gas connections nearby. Sometimes however they may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the Police, Council or Utility companies. They can be very convincing and persuasive.

Fortunately distraction burglaries are becoming less common in Knowsley due to several initiatives put in place to help protect older people.

The first thing that you can do to protect yourself is follow four simple steps:










Keep your back door and front door locked – even when you are at home.


Before answering, think whether you are expecting anyone. Look through your window or spyhole if you have one fitted to see who it is.


If you decide to open the door put the chain on first and keep it on whilst you talk to the caller on the doorstep


Ask for, and carefully read their identity card – even if they have a pre-arranged appointment.

  • Do they look like the person on the card?
  • Is the name the same as the one on your appointment letter?

If they don’t have an identity card, or you have any doubts, keep them out!

These simple steps will help to keep you and your home safe. In addition, you could join your local Home watch scheme or Knowsley’s Community Messaging scheme which provides real time updates about bogus caller activity in your area.

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