A Ballymoney Councillor has issued some advice to residents after receiving reports of suspicious activity in the area.
Cllr Darry Wilson said: “I have been made aware today that there may have been a bogus caller doing the rounds in Ballymoney pretending to be from Power NI / NIE. (Ballymena Rd area)”
“Most callers to your home are genuine, but there are those who are not and precautions need to be taken to prevent these bogus callers getting into your home.”
“You may feel it is rude to refuse entry to someone, but it is your doorstep and therefore, your decision. There is a lot you can do a lot to prevent yourself, your family or friends from becoming victims whatever the weather and time of year.”
“Remember never leave the door unlocked and do not to leave the keys in unsafe places such as under the doormat or plant pot for you to gain access to the property.”
“The following advice will help to beat bogus callers:”
- Keep front and back doors locked (with keys taken out), even when at home.
- Stop and think if anyone is expected.
- Look through a spy hole or window to identify the caller.
- Put the door chain or door bar on first before opening the door, and keep it on whilst talking to the caller.
- Check their identity card carefully even if the caller has pre-arranged appointment.
- Don’t let visitors who are in a hurry, pressurise or confuse you – ask them to wait outside while you confirm who they are, genuine visitors won’t mind waiting.
- If you need to leave a caller standing outside while you collect or check something indoors, close the door and lock it.
- Never use a telephone number given by the caller – find the number in your telephone directory.
- If you are not comfortable ask the caller to return when someone is with you.
- If you are not sure, DO NOT LET THEM IN.