Detectives are appealing for information following suspicious callers that entered a house in the Carhill Road area of Garvagh, sometime between 2pm and 3pm on Monday 14 November.
The men said that they were from the electricity board and that they were there as an electricity pole had to be moved. The home owner, a woman aged in her 80s, let them into her house but stayed with them while they were there. he was in the house. It was later confirmed that no official staff had been in the area that day. Nothing was taken in the incident.
Detective Constable Robert Tosh said: “I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact detectives at Coleraine Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 787 of 14/11/16.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to treat with caution any stranger who comes to their door. Bogus callers use many guises, such as working for an electricity company, the water service, a satellite or cable TV provider and even pretend that they have lost a ball or even a cat or dog in your property. Once they have your attention, an accomplice will make an attempt to sneak inside without you noticing so he, or indeed she, can steal things like jewellery, cash, mobile phones and other devices. Whatever they can get their hands on they will try to take and you won’t know what has happened until they are gone.
“ You can also use the Quickcheck number 0800 013 22 90 to check if a caller is genuine. The 24-hour Freephone service enables householders to challenge and independently verify the identity of anyone calling at their door. The call is free and will be answered by a trained operator. They will take the details of the company, which the caller claims to be visiting on behalf of, then contact the organisation to determine if the caller is genuine. If there is anything suspicious the operator will contact the police directly.”