Police would like to remind residents to be careful who they allow into their homes following a suspicious incident in Andover on Monday.
Between 11.45am and 12.15pm on Monday 25th November a man attended the home of an 87-year-old woman on Suffolk Road and claimed to be there to carry out work on her gas and electric meters.
He returned the following day but was not allowed access.
PC Stephen Taylor from Andover police station said: “We have been unable to identify this man as a legitimate tradesperson and there is a possibility that he was a bogus caller.”
“I’d like to speak to anyone who has had an unusual caller to their home recently in the area or noticed anything suspicious.”
“To prevent becoming a victim of this type of crime you should never let anyone into your home if you are not expecting them and you don’t know them, no matter what they say to you.”
- Don’t open the door to anyone before you’ve checked who it is.
- If someone claims to be from a company such as a gas or electricity provider, always double check their identity.
- If you are not expecting anyone, explain that you need to check they are legitimate and ask them to wait outside for a few minutes. Take their name and the company they work for and find the number in the phone book to check that they have an employee of that name.
- Never use a number that they give you to check their identity as you do not know if this is a genuine number.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Taylor at Andover police station on 101 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111