Police begin crackdown on rogue traders and distraction burglars in Mid Ulster

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An initiative to show rogue traders the door got underway this week in Mid Ulster.

Officers will be raising awareness in a bid to target rogue traders and distraction burglars.

This week-long activity also aims to highlight the various tactics used by criminals to gain entry into homes.

Supt. Mike Baird said, “Doorstep crime is a real problem with criminals targeting the most vulnerable in our communities. The aim of this week of action is to send a clear message that those traders who do not operate within the law are being actively targeted by the authorities.

“In some of these incidents cold callers talk their way into the homes of vulnerable people with the intent of stealing money or other valuable items. Sometimes they may distract a householder so an accomplice can enter unseen and steal.

“To lessen your chance of falling victim to a bogus caller or distraction burglar make sure your back door and any accessible windows are secure before opening your front door to any caller. Do not open the door unless you have checked who is there. If the person claims to represent a business or organisation, ask them for ID and check it carefully (still with the door chain on).

“The QUICK CHECK scheme can be used to check the identity of callers. Freephone 0800 013 22 90 and an operator can quickly check with a range of providers.”