Who’s knocking at your door?

A cold call is the act of making an unrequested or uninvited visit to your home. Most cold callers intend to sell you goods or services.CREST

Although the majority of cold callers are genuine, there are a minority who commit ‘doorstep crime’.

It is often difficult to tell whether the person is genuine, a rogue trader offering repairs or improvements, or a bogus caller trying to get into your home.

General perception is that the most vulnerable people to fall victim to doorstep crime is the elderly and disabled, however in the military, there are many young partners/parents who are left behind whilst loved ones are deployed and often this is the first time they have had to cope alone. In many of these cases, they are also living in Service Family Accommodation (SFA), away from family and friends and can feel quite isolated. These people can be equally vulnerable to falling victim to doorstep offenders.

Simple advice to follow:

Be on your guard against strangers. It is difficult to tell whether the person is genuine, a rogue trader offering repairs or improvements, or a bogus caller trying to get into our home.

You are under no obligation to allow anyone to enter your home and can refuse access. Best advice is to say “No” to all doorstep cold callers.

You should never allow anyone access to your home without valid identification. Legitimate callers will not mind being challenged and will expect you to ask them for identification.

Here’s a short film, entitled  ‘Your doorstep, your decision’

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