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Crime prevention advice for elderly and vulnerable residents

Elderly and vulnerable residents who are socially isolating themselves could be at risk of being targeted.

The Police’s Crime Prevention team are offering the below advice and contacts for partner agencies who can be contacted during lockdown.

  • Please ensure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times unless you need some fresh air, and then open a window in the room you are using
  • Do not open your door to strangers unless you are expecting a call from a community support worker, who will have made an appointment and provided a name for you should you need to confirm their identity with their organisation
  • If an unwelcome caller refuses to leave or you have been the victim of a cold caller, it is important to report it to the police on 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency.

If you become a victim of fraudulent calls during this uncertain time and you would like advice, you can contact Karen Story, Victim Care Officer from the Victim Care and Advice Service on 0303 040 1099.