Do you know who is calling at your door?
Most callers at your door will be genuine people. However, it is important to be aware of the risk posed by distraction burglars and bogus callers.
Here you will find the doorstep protocol recommended by Durham Constabulary to help protect against distraction burglars and bogus callers.
Lock – is your back door locked? Always check it as soon as someone knocks at your door or rings your door bell. Bogus callers often have an accomplice who may try to enter your home by the back door while you are distracted.
Stop – Do not open the door until you have looked through the window or used a door viewer to see who is on your doorstep.
Chain – If you feel that you need to speak to the caller, use a door-chain. Do not open the door unless you put the chain on first so that you can see the person on your doorstep. Find out who they are and what they want. Close the door again and do the following:
Check – Check their identity. If they say they are from a water, gas or electricity company they will have photo identification. If they cannot produce a bone fide identification card, send them away and close the door.
Keep your Shed Secure
Theft of garden equipment is a growing menace.
- Put away all tools and equipment and ensure that all outside sheds and store cupboards are securely locked when not in use.
- Bring the tools inside if you do not have a garden shed or outbuilding.
- Use plant protection – such as thorny shrubs. Install outside security lighting which comes on automatically.
- If you have a burglar alarm, why not extend it to cover outbuildings and sheds?
- Photograph valuable garden plants or ornaments. Mark your property with your postcode.
- This makes stolen property easier to trace and it can be positively identified as yours.
- Check that your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings. If you have a local Neighbourhood Watch
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