Police warning to be vigilant over bogus callers

We’re reminding residents to be extra careful about so-called workmen visiting their homes after two elderly Plymouth women were targeted earlier this week.

One woman in the Keyham area was pressured into handing over £600 after being told her home had drainage problems.

She was about to hand over more cash when she became suspicious and alerted police.

The other woman, in Crownhill, was told there was a problem with her water supply and was asked for money to sort it out. She was immediately wary and alerted police.

We’d like to remind tenants that our staff always carry ID – you should ask to see it before you let them into your home – and will never ask you to hand over cash.

Detective Constable Sam Smith, of Crownhill CID, said: “Police would like to remind the public to be vigilant against this type of crime, look out for vulnerable family members and neighbours and be reminded that caution should be used against traders who attend at your door pressuring you for money.

“The public should not feel threatened or intimidated by traders or commit to any unnecessary work. If you feel vulnerable to this or feel threatened then call 999.” 

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity, or who has further information, is urged to contact DC 7419 Sam Smith on 101 and quote crime number CR/029124/19.