HOUSEHOLDERS are being urged to shut out bogus callers as investigations continue into a trick where a pensioner allowed a stranger in her home.
Police have teamed up with Age UK Sunderland and the council to remind people to take precautions to prevent being targeted by thieves.
If follows a report from Ryhope on Saturday, where an 81-year-old woman answered the door to a man who claimed she had a blockage in her drain.
While the woman stayed with the man and he ran a tap in her kitchen, it is believed a second man searched a bedroom, although it is not believed anything was stolen.
Superintendent Jim Napier, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “If anyone is in doubt about any cold caller at their home, they should not agree for them to carry out any work without first checking their identity with the organisation, while leaving them outside.
“We want to reassure people that every incident involving an illegal trader, bogus caller or fraudulent work reported to police is investigated immediately.
“These types of incidents are treated as a priority, especially those involving an elderly or vulnerable victim.”