Warwickshire County Council Community Safety Team has asked for the following information to be circulated. There are no recorded cases in Warwickshire as yet, so let’s try and keep it that way!
Beware of offenders targeting homes of elderly residents saying that there is a problem with damp and drains
We have received information from other UK Police Forces about incidents, which have occurred across their areas, whereby white male offenders have targeted the homes of elderly residents. The males have typically called at the homes of elderly and vulnerable people and have told them that they have a problem with damp in their house, or with their drains. They then say that they will need to hire equipment, such as a dehumidifier or pump, to rectify the problem and ask for payment up front for the hire of this equipment.
There have been no recorded incidents of this happening in Warwickshire so far but we are making you aware in case it does spread this way. Please make elderly relatives and neighbours aware that this is happening and ask them to turn the callers away empty handed and contact Police on 101 if they are approached in this way. Warn them never to hand over any cash to strangers at the door and, if possible, not to answer the door to anyone they do not know or are not expecting.