North Belfast Beware of Bogus Callers!
Published: Tue, 9 Jun 2015
We are warning tenants once again to think before allowing a stranger into their home, after one of our tenants was approached this morning.
The tenant alerted our Customer Service Unit that a male called to her door in the Fairyknowe area of North Belfast informing her of escalating crime in area and, as she was our tenant, she would qualify for free work.
The man indicated that he could extend or raise the fence at the back of the house, and that he also needed access to check water supply. Our tenant correctly requested ID when the man asked to enter the property, at which stage he left and didn’t return. The tenant noticed the man did not gain access to any other Housing Executive properties in the area.
Malachy McKinney, our North Belfast Area Manager, said:
“Tenants should be extra vigilant as bogus callers are increasing and theft is usually their aim. These 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 identification.”
The Area Manager added:
“There are no maintenance or housing schemes currently in the Fairyknowe area that would warrant access to a tenant’s home. Our staff and contractors, and those from other public bodies will have a photographic identity card. Check this carefully, if they have forgotten their ID card they will understand if entry is refused. If you are in any doubt at all, take no chances, and refuse entry. Only a bogus caller will insist on entry without proper identification.
“If you have a door chain or spy hole - use it, or look out of the window. Alternatively, call us on 03448 920 900 to check the caller’s details if they claim to be from the Housing Executive or you can also phone ‘Quick Check’, on 0800 013 22 90, a 24 hour free-phone service to check the identity of the caller.”
If you are suspicious, then call the police.