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Caution urged after bogus charity caller and doorstep selling youths

Police in Portadown are encouraging householders to be vigilant about bogus callers, doorstep selling and rogue traders after a number of incidents yesterday (Tuesday).

In the first incident two male youths called to a house in Keelmount Grange, selling kitchen knives. One asked the occupant if there was anyone else at home and she found this suspicious.

The two youths were described as having short, dark hair and were wearing dark coats.

In the second incident a man called to a house in Princess Way, claiming to collect on behalf of Unicef.

Enquiries with Quickcheck found that they were unaware of any collections in the area on that date.

Police are currently investigating both incidents and do not want anyone else to fall prey to this type of crime.

Crime Prevention Officer, Michelle Wilson, said: “Rogue traders and bogus callers depend on the good and trusting nature of their victims.

“It is really important that you remain vigilant and look out for neighbours and particularly older people in your community.

“If you notice people or vehicles acting suspiciously note down any important details, such as a description or car registration, and contact police immediately.

“Quickcheck is another handy tool you can use. The Quickcheck freephone number is 0800 013 22 90 and you can simply call this number to verify the individual identity of a caller at your door if they claim to be from an organisation.

“Everyone should be cautious of unexpected callers at their home. Our advice is simple. Think before you open the door – use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.

“Do not open the door unless you know the individual. Ask callers for proof of identity. Genuine tradesmen should carry a photographic identification card.

“Check this carefully and if you have concerns telephone QuickCheck on 0800 013 22 90 or contact us on the 101 number, or 999 in an emergency.”

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