Police: Remain vigilant of 'men wearing wigs, costumes or unusual glasses' (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Police: Remain vigilant of 'men wearing wigs, costumes or unusual glasses'
2:17pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
POLICE have asked homeowners in rural Eden to remain vigilant after suspicious men, wearing wigs and costumes or unusual glasses, have called at houses.
Police said the men speak with North East accents and it is believed that they may be using a grey coloured hatchback and a red transit type van.
It is possible that these incidents are linked to some rural crime thefts that have been occurring in Eden were 4x4 vehicles and quad bikes have been targeted, said police.
Police have issued a list of ways keep safe.
• Always lock your doors, front and back, day and night. This will prevent someone sneaking in the back door if a bogus caller keeps you talking at the front.
• If you have a door chain, put it on before you open the door to an unexpected caller, and keep it on while you are talking to them. If you don’t have a door chain, open a small window instead.
• Ask callers who you don’t know for proof of their identity. Genuine callers should have an identification card with their photograph on, and will not mind handing it over to you and waiting while you close the door and check the details.
• Telephone the company they say they are from, but never use a number shown on the card or provided by the caller.
• If you are in any doubt, keep them out, and tell them they will have to make an appointment. You can then arrange to have someone with you if they keep the appointment.
• Cumbria Trading Standards have introduced the Nominated Neighbour Scheme which provides additional protection for elderly or vulnerable people who live alone, enabling a neighbour or relative to check a cold caller on their behalf.
• Many utility companies offer a password identification system. Any caller from one of these companies should be able to give a pre-arranged password as additional proof of identity.
If you are concerned about cold callers, please contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer.
Anyone seeing similar people as described or have any information about the incidents are asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and speak to PC Colin Airey.
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