Suspicious callers prompt police warning

Residents in Corby, Kettering and surrounding villages are being warned to be on their guard against distraction burglaries after two suspicious incidents

Residents in Corby, Kettering and surrounding villages are being warned to be on their guard against distraction burglaries after two suspicious incidents

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Residents in Corby, Kettering and surrounding villages are being warned to be on their guard against distraction burglaries after two suspicious incidents this morning (Tuesday, October 29).

Two men called at a house in Kettering claiming to be from Anglian Water and that they needed to fit a water meter.

They were wearing plain high-visibility jackets and did not show any identification. The men were not let into the property and went away.

A resident in Great Oakley had a phone call from a man also claiming to be from Anglian Water, who asked to make an appointment to repair a leak. The caller was suspicious and called Anglian Water who confirmed they had not made the call.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “The best advice is: If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.

“Make sure you can see who’s at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole to identify callers. Alternatively talk to them through a window. Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind.

“Set up passwords with your utility companies, genuine callers will need to recite this password to you.

“Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards, if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won’t be either. Obtain telephone numbers directly from the phone directory. Alternatively, make a list of your important numbers and keep them near the phone.

“Look out for those who around you who are vulnerable.”

In Northamptonshire, a number of partner agencies have come together to form the Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN).

If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, phone the police’s doorstep crime hotline on 0345 2307702.

For help finding a reliable local trader, check out the Trading Standards service ‘Buy with Confidence’ scheme.

Further crime prevention advice can be found by visiting the Doorstep Crime section at {http:\\www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention| www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention|Crime Prevention}.