Be Vigilant To Covid-19 Door To Door Scams Image: AdobeStock_87212890

Bedfordshire Police is warning that opportunist thieves may see this period as a time to carry out distraction burglaries, as vulnerable adults and elderly people are spending more time at home following isolation guidance.

It is asking for the public’s support, by encouraging you to remind your elderly and vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours to take extra care when answering the door to people they do not know.

It added that it has been made aware of people knocking on doors, claiming to be selling vaccines and supplies for COVID-19, such items do not exist.

For any information of COVID-19, for medical advice and what you can do, please refer to the NHS website.

Please remind others of the below advice:

  • Where possible only answer the door if you know a family, friend, carer or pre-arranged tradesperson is visiting. Consider installing a door chain and always keep it on
  • If unsure of the visitor’s identity always ask for their ID first and telephone the company they are purporting to be from. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider
  • If someone is offering a service, make sure you discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader
  • Never agree to any work or sign anything on the spot. Do not be pressured into having any work carried out.

Please report any suspicious behaviour by visiting Bedfordshire Police’s online reporting system or by calling 101.