Who's that knocking at the door?
A warning to residents in the Boston area has been issued after two men called unannounced on a property in Swineshead claiming to be fire officers.
Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Trading Standards are reminding residents to be vigilant when answering their door to officials.
The incident in Swineshead happened on Thursday, March 13. They were not wearing an official uniform and had no ID. They claimed to have been contacted by a member of the public who had reported a fire incident and needed to check in the back garden.
Residents are being urged to be on the lookout for bogus officials like this.
Advice is: Not sure? Don't open the door!
● If you're not sure who is at your door, don't open it! Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are purporting to be from i.e. gas, electricity, water, police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider. Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller, they may be bogus;
● Telephone a neighbour or friend nearby to come along and check out the caller before you open the door to them;
● Many utility service providers such as gas electricity and water, provide password schemes or hotline numbers for customers to call, to check the identity of callers before opening the door. Speak to your utility provider;
● Don't keep large quantities of cash at home; put it in the bank or post office where it is safe;
● Keep doors locked and windows secure at all times. Always keep your door chain on;
● If somebody asks for your help, needs to make a telephone call, has lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or requests a pen and paper for example, refer them to a younger neighbour or assist them through a closed door. Or call a friend or neighbour to come and assist.
If you have any concerns at all about callers to your house call the police immediately.
Alternatively, to report an incident of doorstep crime or a suspicious trader, please contact Trading Standards via the Citizen's Advice Service on 08454 04 05 06.
The adviser will take all of the details of the incident. If you can, please provide details of:
● Registration numbers and descriptions of any vehicles;
● Description of the traders - how many and appearance including clothes worn, regional accents etc;
● Detail of any paperwork - was any given, if so what was it?
● Detail of names / telephone numbers on vehicles.