A senior Northamptonshire Police officer has urged people not to answer their doors at night to unexpected callers, to help decrease their chances of being the victim of a crime.
Following a spate of robberies in Northampton in the last two months, Det Chief Insp Mark Behan has issued crime advice to people who may feel worried about being the victim of a burglary or robbery.
The Chronicle & Echo reported last month about the robbery of Ian McCann, aged 83, of St James, who was tied up and hit in the face with a hammer during a raid at his home.
Mr McCann said an unknown man had been knocking on the doors of neighbouring properties a couple of nights before he was robbed and he believed this was connected.
DCI Behan said it was “entirely possible” that the knocking on doors could have been potential robbers finding out who occupied the properties.
He said: “It is really pleasing that violent crime has reduced overall, but there have still been some serious offences against vulnerable victims.
“People shouldn’t panic, but it is important to make sure you only answer the door to someone you know that is expected to call, like a family member or friend,” DCI Behan added.
Elderly people in Northampton are also being reminded never to give out their bank card details as a phone scam continues to affect county residents.
In the past two weeks, there have been a number of incidents where people have been telephoned by fraudsters and asked for bank card details or cash.
Fortunately, most victims have become suspicious and called the police.
However, in five incidents last month, people were tricked into giving away their bank details. In one case the victim handed over £3,000.
The callers claim to be police officers or bank officials who are investigating a fraud and ask for the victims’ card and bank details so they can check information with the bank.
They also tell the victims they will send a courier to pick up their bank card and any cash they may have recently withdrawn, in case it is counterfeit. Another ploy used by criminals is to ask the victim go to their bank to withdraw money or transfer an amount of money to a specific bank account.