Elderly alerted over rogue trader threat

An awareness campaign has been launched in Watton to make elderly and vulnerable residents aware of bogus callers and rogue traders.Police have been visiting people's homes and the town's Safer Neighbourhood Team has been talking to groups at Griston drop-in centre and Lime Tree Walk sheltered housing about home safety and how to deal with an uninvited caller at the door.

An awareness campaign has been launched in Watton to make elderly and vulnerable residents aware of bogus callers and rogue traders.

Police have been visiting people's homes and the town's Safer Neighbourhood Team has been talking to groups at Griston drop-in centre and Lime Tree Walk sheltered housing about home safety and how to deal with an uninvited caller at the door.

Security alarms and other devices were also offered for sale at the events.

Police have issued the following home security advice.

Keep your front and back doors locked, even when at home.

Before you answer, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked any back doors and taken the key out. Look through the spy hole or the window to see who it is.

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If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or bar on first. Keep the bar or chain on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep.

If someone who looks official calls at your door, always do the following ask for and carefully check their identity card, even if they have a prearranged appointment.

If in doubt, keep them out. Only let them in when you are absolutely sure that they are genuine.

If you would like Watton SNT to talk to any group or club about crime prevention or if you are interested in purchasing a security alarm please contact the team on 0845 4564567.

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