Beware of cold callers

Residents are being urged to be vigilant after three incidents of cold calling. Two men and a woman claiming to be from telecommunication and internet companies have been knocking on people’s doors asking to check their phone lines.

The first incident happened at about 5pm last Wednesday (January 23) in Lea Road, Hemingford Grey.

The second incident happened about 7.30pm last Thursday (January 24) in Little How, St Ives and the latest happened on Tuesday (January 29) about 6.30pm in Cyprian Rust Way, Soham.

The cold callers were not let into any of the houses and nothing was taken.

Community Safety Officer Dave Griffin said: “These people were knocking on doors claiming to be working for a phone company.

“I would urge people to always ask for identification from doorstep callers and to never let people into their homes if they have any concerns about them.

“It is also important that people remain vigilant to activity in their neighbourhood, particularly in areas with vulnerable or elderly residents.”

To reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a distraction burglar, always remember:

LOCK - Is your back door locked? If not, lock it before you answer the front door as distraction burglars often work in pairs - one distracts, while the other steals

STOP - Are you expecting anybody?

CHAIN - Put this on before you open the door. If you have not got one, it is a worthwhile investment. It will give you that extra ‘safe space’ and barrier between you and the caller and then,

CHECK - Ask for their identification card, take it and look at it carefully. Close the door and check the number in the phone book - not the number on the card. If they are genuine they will not mind waiting or coming back another day.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.