Visitors to your home
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How to stay safe when people come to your door
If you are not happy do not let them in.
Most people who come to your home are ok.
Bogus callers are people who try to trick you.
They want to come into your home to steal things.
Bogus callers can be men, women or even children.
If you are not sure about a caller do not let them in.
Some bogus callers say they need your help
They may say they need things like:
- A drink of water
- To wash their hands
- To use the telephone
- To find a lost ball or animal
Never let strangers asking for your help into your home.
Workers who call uninvited are called cold callers.
They may tell you that urgent work needs to be done on your home.
Never agree to have any work done by someone who knocks on the door.
You can download a free small poster which you can stick to your window near your front door.
Some bogus callers say they are from a company
They may say they are from a gas, water or electric company.
Agree a password with your gas, electric and water company.
When they visit you they will say the password so that you know that they are really from that company
This doesn't cost money to do
Water, gas and electricity staff expect you to check their identity
Check their identity carefully before letting them in.
They don't mind waiting.
Water company staff don't need to go inside your home to test water pressure or fix a leak.
If they do need to go inside your home they will write to you to make an appointment
If you are not expecting visitors it is okay not to answer the door.
Don't let strangers into your home
You can say no thank you to cold callers
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