POLICE in south and east Belfast are encouraging householders to be vigilant about bogus callers, doorstep selling and rogue traders.
Chief Inspector Norman Haslett, says: “We have received several reports in the last number of days relating to bogus callers and also from people who have been concerned by the behaviour of door to door salespeople.
“A male called at a house last Thursday just after 11.40am a male called to a house in the Castlereagh Street area of east Belfast, stating he was from the Water Board and that he required entry.
“The resident did not allow him in, but contacted NI Water and was advised staff were not working in that area.
“This male is described as approximately 30 years old, 6ft tall, slender build and he was wearing tight jeans a dark navy pull-over and shirt.
““At approximately 5.30pm on Tuesday 16 September a male called to the door of a house in the Cranmore Avenue area of south Belfast enquiring if any ‘odd jobs’ needed doing.
“The resident was distracted by the male. It was later discovered that a wallet and chequebook had been taken from the living room of the house.
“The male is described as approximately 30 years old, 6ft tall, with short dark hair and wearing a dark shirt and trousers.
“Anyone who may have information relating to these incidents is asked to contact Police at Musgrave on 101 or alternatively information can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Two further reports have also been received in relation to salesman who was offering mattresses/beds for sale.
The salesman, who drove a white van, with gold lettering on the side of the van repeatedly attempted to get one individual to go to the ATM machine.
Added Chief Inspector Haslett: “I would ask people to look out for neighbours and in particular older people in the community.
“If you see someone acting suspiciously note down any important details such as a description or car registration and contact police immediately.”
Police would also remind householders about the Quickcheck freephone number 0800 013 22 90.
This telephone service simply enables householders to call and verify the individual identity of anyone calling at their door.
Said Chief Inspector Haslett: “Everyone should be cautious of unexpected callers at their home.
“Our advice is simple. Think before you open the door – use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.
“Do not open the door unless you know the individual. Ask callers for proof of identity.
“Genuine tradesmen should carry a photographic identification card. Check this carefully and if you have concerns telephone QuickCheck on 0800 013 22 90.”