You can stop cold callers by putting a sign by your door – for example, you can download No Cold Caller Signs from the Moneysavingexpert.com website. If a stranger is at your door, keep the safety of your home in mind:
- Bogus Callers – Not all thieves break into homes – some will try to talk their way in and steal your property while you are distracted. Quite often, bogus callers will claim to be on official business for large utilities companies (gas, water, electricity or phone), workmen carrying out emergency repairs, or even the Council or the Police. This list is not exhaustive so question why anyone needs access to your house if not by appointment.
- “Is John Here?” – Sometimes, criminals target students by claiming they know someone in your student hall / building. They hope that you don’t know all the names of all people in your building, or that someone with a very common first name lives there. Don’t let someone in, especially not unsupervised, unless you are sure of their story.
- Ask callers for proof of identity – genuine tradesmen should carry an ID card with a photograph. Check the card carefully before admitting the caller to your house – a genuine caller will not mind waiting if you want to ring his company for verification.
- If you are unsure of a caller’s identity, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back at a later time with proof of identity and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.
- If suspicious – make a note of their description and report the incident to the police.