As the nights are drawing in police are urging residents to be on their guard as thieves target elderly and vulnerable people in their own homes in the late afternoon and early evening.
DCI Gary Kelly said: “At this time of year we see a rise in this type of crime where thieves turn up on the doorstep offering to carry out maintenance and repair work often claiming to be from the council or a utility company to gain access to a home and steal money and property. They will at times use this visit to familiarise themselves with the property only to return and commit a burglary of the premises at a later date.
“I would ask people to report suspicious behaviour, to advise elderly relatives and friends and to keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours as these thieves are using the twilight hours to target addresses.
“Please report any suspicious vans, cars or individuals in your vicinity. I would also encourage people to visit the North Wales Police website which offers valuable information and advice on how to keep properties and valuables secure. https://www.north-wales.police.uk/advice-and-support/safer-homes/cold-callers-if-in-doubt-keep-them-out
"If you know of someone who is committing burglary or is involved in selling stolen goods, please contact North Wales Police on 101 or https://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/live-chat-support
Cold callers – if in doubt, keep them out
The Three Step Plan:
Remember genuine callers will not mind waiting. It's your home. You don't have to let anyone in!
If in doubt, keep them out. It sounds simple, but if you don't let someone in - they will go away. Don't let them pressure you into opening the door.
Be prepared. Be in control. Think about what to say to doorstep cold callers in advance. Keep a list of key contact numbers near your phone so you can check out legitimate callers. Ask all other unwanted callers to go away.
Call a neighbour or the police. Contact a local relative or nominated neighbour who can help verify a cold caller. If you think someone is a rogue trader call North Wales Police on 101. To report a distraction burglar or rogue trader who has taken your money and is still in the area - call 999.
If you do happen to get caught off guard and a cold caller does manage to get into your house, let us know about it as soon as possible. There's nothing to be embarrassed about, and the sooner we know about it, the better chance we have of catching them and recovering your property.
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