Crime commissioner warns over doorstep conmen

Northumbria Police commissioner Vera Baird
Northumbria Police commissioner Vera Baird
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PEOPLE in Wearside are being warned to be on their guard against bogus callers.

Officers have held a series of crime prevention events at community bases in Sunderland.

They offered residents in Grangetown, Hendon and the city centre the opportunity to attend informal drop-in advice sessions to pick up crime prevention leaflets and talk with neighbourhood officers.

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird was at the events to see how officers were working with the public.

She said: “I was recently in Sunderland speaking to residents and I’m pleased to see police working with local people to prevent crime.”

The initiative aimed to prevent people falling foul of crimes including distraction burglaries, bogus officials, high pressure doorstep selling, rogue traders and cold callers from taking advantage of residents by conning them out of cash.

Police Community Support Officer Rebecca Anderson, from Sunderland East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These events aim to raise awareness about the issue of bogus callers and rogue traders and explain how people can take simple steps to keep themselves safe.

“We have had a very positive response from people who called in and were pleased to speak to officers and partners whose premises we used.

“We want to encourage people to be vigilant and to look out for their neighbours, particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable, and to report any suspicious activity to police.”

Further advice is available on the Northumbria Police website

To contact your neighbourhood policing team call 101, ext 69191, or in an emergency ring 999.