People urged to be cautious after reports of cold callers

Alert message sent 05/01/2022 13:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

We are reminding people to be cautious after receiving reports of possible cold callers operating in the Blunsdon St Andrew area of Swindon.

We believe there may be someone going door-to-door indicating that they work in the antiques trade and trying to buy gold, jewellery or memorabilia from residents.

PCSO Lawrence Walker, from the local neighbourhood policing team, said: “We know that some vulnerable people within our community, particularly elderly people, may feel confused or intimidated by people who turn up at their door unannounced.

“We would urge everyone to be cautious when dealing with these types of cold-callers, and to also look out for neighbours, friends or relatives who might need to be reminded of our advice on how they can deal with these types of situations.”

Please take note of the following advice:

- Most people that call at your home will be genuine. But sometimes, people turn up unannounced, with the intention of distracting you and tricking their way into your home to steal money or valuables or sell you something you do not want or need.

- These types of people are often referred to as 'Nottingham Knockers', 'distraction burglars', 'bogus callers' or 'cold callers'.

- People should never feel pressured into buying something on their doorstep, whether it is goods or a service. We would urge people to contact the police if they feel threatened or intimidated.

- If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours it might be worth popping over to check they are okay if you have had cold callers visit your house.

- An official visitor will always arrange an appointment with you before and will not turn up unannounced.

- Our advice will always be to not open the door to anyone you don't know or are not expecting. Always check by using a spy-hole or look through a window.

- If you have any concerns you can report them by alerting the police via 101.
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Siobhan Stayt (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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