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Doorstep Crime

Type of service:
Advice And Support
Wootton Hall Park, Northamptonshire Police, Northampton, NN4 0JQ
Telephone number:
08454 04 05 06
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Service description:
Every day in Northamptonshire people are prone to falling victim to doorstep crime.
Most of the victims are elderly or vulnerable. Whether you are caring for a family member, working as a professional in the community care or community safety field, or just keeping an eye out for a neighbour, you may be the only person that has regular contact the person(s) you care for and can play a vital role in preventing
them from becoming a victim.

Doorstep crime takes two forms:

Distraction Burglary Tactics

Distraction Burglars or ‘bogus’ callers will call at a house with the intention of tricking their way inside to steal money and/or other valuables. The caller may be a man, a woman or even a child and they will use any story they can to try and gain access to the property.

Rogue Doorstep Traders’ Tactics

Rogue Doorstep Traders will use a trade as a means to extract large sums of money from people. They could offer services such as driveway re-surfacing, block paving, roofing, fascias, gardening or selling goods such as furniture, alarms or mobility aids. They often give a very low quote that will increase when work begins.

What can you do to protect the person you care for?
- Make the person aware that they are never required to open their door to unexpected callers and that it is not rude to send someone away
- Reinforce the message ‘IF YOU’RE NOT SURE DON’T OPEN THE DOOR’
Contact provider for details
Age range:
0 - 99 years
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Eligibility criteria:
None (no Criteria For Eligibility)
Referral route:
Self Referral
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