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Not sure? Don't open the door!

Alert message sent 25/02/2019 15:28:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

We recently attended an incident where two people had barged into a vulnerable ladies house.

When we attended we were told that two people in red and blue outfits who stated they were working for the council had knocked on this lady's door. When she opened the door they walked into her house, putting a piece of paper in her face. One person went upstairs and the other stayed downstairs. The lady believes that they said they were there to check electrical equipment.

After a quick look round, they asked the lady to sign a piece of paper (she was unsure of what it said) and left. The lady spoke to her daughter who alerted us as she believed their actions to be somewhat suspicious.

Another resident on the street who had refused entry to the pair, had the paperwork they produced. After investigation and several phone calls to the council we have established that the pair were genuine and were carrying out work on behalf of the council.

In this instance, the vulnerable lady was lucky that the pair were in fact genuine workers. The behaviour of the pair has been reported to the council, who will be discussing this with the company concerned.

To protect yourself and your home against fraudsters who may use a line such as "we are working on behalf of the council", take a few simple steps.

1. If you have a door chain or spy hole use it! Have a look at the people at your door, do they look official and ask to see their identification.

2. The council will send you a letter regarding works to be undertaken, if you have not received one then ring the council (using a number you already have from previous paperwork) to confirm this.

3. If you are still not sure, don't allow them access to your property!

Don't forget that you can report non-emergency suspicious incidents to the Police using 101. In case of an emergency, dial 999.
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Joanne Elliott-Pressland (Police,PCSO,Chesterfield South)

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