Watch out for Bogus Callers in Larne
Published: Tue, 18 Aug 2015
We would like to warn residents in the Larne area to think before allowing a stranger into their home, after a resident was robbed last week.
Two men in a cream coloured van claiming to work for us were knocking on doors in the Antiville area of the town, offering to clean people's guttering. Unfortunately, they called at one property where two vulnerable adults lived and stole a sum of money.
We would remind everyone that our staff and contractors will have a photographic identity card. This should be asked for and checked carefully. If there is any doubt, or no ID card is produced, take no chances and refuse entry. Only a bogus caller will insist on entry without proper identification.
Mairead Myles Davey, our Mid and East Antrim Area Manager, said:
“Tenants should be extra vigilant as bogus callers are increasing and theft is usually their aim. Bogus callers will frequently claim to be from a public body like the Housing Executive or a contractor. Residents should not allow anyone to enter their home without proper identification. When they call, ask for ID.”
“If you have a door chain or spy hole - use it, or look out of the window. You can call us on 03448 920 900 to check the caller’s details if they claim to be from the Housing Executive or you can phone ‘Quick Check’ 0800 013 22 90, a 24 hour free-phone service, to check the identity of the caller.”
If anyone has information regarding this incident in the Antiville area of Larne, or suspects suspicious activity, then call the PSNI on the non-emergency number 101.