Residents in the town of Croydon have recently been warned by police to be wary of a scam where burglars have been making calls claiming to offer the fitting of free or cheap priced burglar alarms.
These criminals have been impersonating officers in their attempts to gain access to people’s homes.
They have done this by calling residents to arrange for someone to visit their homes and fit the burglar alarm.
Detective Inspector Clare Mullenger offered advice to those living in the Croydon area when she said:
“If in doubt, call us to check, but in general I would advise all residents to not answer the door to cold callers, check I.D and credentials carefully and call the organisation they claim to be from even if they claim to be police.”
The police have also stressed the need for anyone expecting a visit to make sure they have a relative or friend present, even when an appointment has been made beforehand.
Burglary Squad officers have been working with the Older Persons Forum to ensure the elderly get all available information of crime prevention passed on to them.
Make sure that if you are ordering a burglar alarm, you only do so from reputable organisations with the right credentials to carry out security installations in your home.