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Public warned after bogus caller’s carbon monoxide detector ruse

Police in Lurgan, Co Armagh, today reminded the public to remain vigilant of  bogus callers following an incident in the Mourneview Avenue area.
On  Thursday, January 9, a man called to the door of a home selling carbon monoxide detectors. He claimed to work on behalf of the Northern Ireland Safety Executive.
Police have established that the Northern Ireland Health and Safety Executive do not sell carbon monoxide detectors door-to-door and described the man as a bogus caller.
PSNI Crime Prevention Officer Michelle Wilson said: “Bogus callers depend on the good nature and good will of others. They tend to target the more vulnerable  members of our society and, in particular, older members of our community.
“It is always advisable to be cautious of unexpected callers. It is worth remembering  that bogus callers will use all sorts of tactics to gain access to a victim’s home.
“Everyone should follow this advice when dealing with unexpected  visitors. 
“Before answering your door, ensure your back door is locked. Think before you open the door – use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise  them. 
“If you have any doubts about anyone calling to your door don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a  friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return. 
“Ask callers for proof of identity and telephone Quick Check on 0800 013 22 90 and the person on the other end will check the caller at your door is legitimate. The service is free and operates 24 hours a  day. Genuine callers will not mind waiting until you have checked that they are who they say they are. 
“Be aware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or somewhere that may encourage you to leave your house – they may have an accomplice who is waiting to act upon this distraction. 
“Neighbours can also play a part in helping protect the more vulnerable in their community. Residents should  try to look out for one another and report ALL suspicious activity to the police immediately. The non-emergency police number is 0845 600 8000. In an emergency dial 999.”

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