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Police warn Gedling elderly about bogus cold callers after increase in complaints

WARNING: Police say there has been increase in cold callers in Gedling South
WARNING: Police say there has been increase in cold callers in Gedling South

Police are warning pensioners in Gedling not to open their door to people they are not expecting after an increase in complaints about bogus cold callers in the area.

The cold callers have been targeting the homes of elderly residents in the area and quoting for various types of work and then demanding money upfront. Once the fraudsters have the money then no work ever gets completed.

PCSO for Gedling South, Thomas Packer said: “Confirm the identity of anyone who calls at your home who you don’t know. Beware of bogus officials. Not sure? Don’t open the door.”

If you have any information about these bogus callers, please contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101

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Police have today offered the following crime prevention advice:

  • Ensure you lock your doors and windows even when you are in.
  • Fit good quality locks to your exterior doors.
  • If you have an intruder alarm make sure you set it when you go out and when you go to bed.
  • Leave a light on when it’s dark, make use of timer switches and consider leaving a radio on or investing in a fake TV device.
  • Register your property for free on the national property database Immobilise helps Police to reunite stolen items with their rightful owners in the event of them being recovered.
  • Protectively mark your valuable property with your name and postcode preferably using a visible property marking kit such as Cremark or SelectaMARK and don’t leave valuables such as laptops on view.
  • Take your keys to bed with you; don’t leave them in door locks or window locks, or in view of windows and doors.

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