Doorstep crime

Older and more vulnerable people are more likely to be a target for rogue traders, doorstep criminals and scammers.

What is doorstep crime?

Also known as distraction burglars, bogus callers trick their way into people’s homes to steal money and valuables. They make themselves seem genuine and plausible while your attention is elsewhere.

Bogus callers can often seem genuine and will try to fool you. They often work in pairs; one to keep you talking at the front door while the other tries to access your house from a back door or window.  Some might even plead for help, such as asking for a glass of water or access to a telephone.

Before you open the door

  • Look through your spy hole or window
  • Are you expecting anyone?
  • Do you know them?
  • Check the identity of the caller before opening the door.
  • Don’t let any caller pressure you into making a quick decision.
  • Don’t feel you are being rude or uncaring by saying ‘no’ – your own safety is more important.
  • And if you are not sure, don't open the door!

Report it

If you have been a victim of doorstep crime, call 101 or report it online.  If you are in immediate danger, call 999. 

More help and support

If you have any information about any person(s) who have committed such crimes or details of vehicles they use, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Your call is free and is completely anonymous. They are an independent charity that respects your anonymity and are not part of the police.

28 May 21 11:50 AM

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