If in doubt, keep them out!

If in doubt, keep them out - that's the message from States of Jersey Police to remind islanders to be aware of bogus callers.

Most people who come to the door are genuine, but sometimes people turn up unannounced and try to trick their way into your home to steal valuables or money.

These are known as distraction burglars and bogus callers.

Detective Sergeant James McGranahan said: "This kind of crime is extremely rare in Jersey but it is our job as Police Officers to remind people of any potential threat. This is why we regularly give out crime prevention messages like this to make islanders just that bit more careful.

"As we have said most people who come to the door are genuine, but it never hurts to check out who someone is and if you are concerned let us know.

Islanders can follow simple steps to stay safe.

  • Be cautious “ are you expecting anyone? Representatives from water, gas and electric companies rarely make house calls without appointments
  • Lock back doors and windows before answering the front door. Thieves sometimes work in pairs
  • Use a door chain or spyhole to see who is at the door
  • Ask for valid ID and check it carefully, even if they have a pre-arranged appointment. Genuine callers will carry ID from the organisation they represent. If it doubt, don't let them in. Ask them to come back and speak to someone in the company in the meantime.
  • Close your door “ never leave your front door unattended. If you need something from the house close the door
  • Report bogus callers “ If you think you have a bogus caller at the door, call us on 999 and let us know what has happened and what the person looks like.
  • If anyone asks to borrow something from your house, leave them at the door, shut it behind you, collect the item and then take it to them

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