This message is sent to all areas with a warning about bogus callers.
A number of incidents have occurred over recent days where unsolicited telephone calls have been made to members of the public. These calls allege to be from a security company and the suggestion is that the police are aware of crime prevention surveys taking place by the company in the area.
The caller asks to make an appointment to view the property to give a crime prevention survey whilst they are in the area. There is no indication that there are any criminal intentions but it is likely that a survey from a commercial company could result in costly recommendations.
Please remember that the police do not endorse any individual company. We would ask that you treat all unsolicited calls as you would callers at the door and have nothing to do with them. If you or your neighbours feel you need crime reduction advice then please contact your local beat staff or contact Lindsey at the NHW office (01823-363348) who will be happy to pass a message on for you.
This is also a time of year when you can get callers at the door trying to buy or sell their goods or services. Whether it is a caller at the door, on the phone, an unusual Email or letter - if it is unsolicited then please do not get involved with them. Remember you don't get anything for nothing and if they are offering something `free' there is likely to be some charge on the end of it.
If you get callers at the door who you think are suspicious in their actions then always call the police immediately on 101.
If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
General - Reports have been received of householders receiving unsolicited phone calls or visits by people claiming to be operating as part of a scheme on behalf of the Government or local council. Their claim is that for a one-off fee they can reassess housing bands which could result in lower rates. Please remind members that they should not have dealings with callers, phone calls, Emails or mail that is unsolicited. For advice about your Council Tax, you should contact your local council direct. Remember to report suspicious callers to the police immediately - 101.
The Telephone Number for the NHW office in Bridgwater Police Station 01278 644799