Cold caller targeting the elderly

A member has reported that their elderly father was visited earlier today by a cold caller selling some cleaning items. The sales technique used may have been misleading and the items overpriced. The seller seemed to be targeting homes of elderly people and playing on their sympathy with lines such as, “I’ve just left prison and I’m saving to go on an electricians course and rather than go on jobseekers I thought…”

Please keep an eye out for your elderly and vulnerable neighbours if you see cold callers.

Bogus Caller Alert.

TRADING STANDARDS ALERT
Leicestershire Trading Standards has received a report from a resident in the Coalville area who was cold-called at their home by a man claiming to be from Trading Standards.
The man had an ID badge which the resident described as looking ‘home-made’. He explained to the resident that Trading Standards were collecting information about ‘cowboy builders’ who had been arrested in the area and asked for the resident’s name and address. This was not one of our officers and further enquiries are underway about this.
 
All Trading Standards Officers carry official Leicestershire County Council photographic identification, including contact numbers for the Trading Standards Service that members of the public can contact to determine whether the caller is from the Service or not. Residents are advised never to give any personal information to those calling at their homes unless they are able to verify that individual’s identity and reason for their visit.
 
If you receive any reports of similar activity or callers please contact Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 and Leicestershire Police on 101, as there is a proven link between bogus callers and distraction burglary.
 
(Information from Leicestershire Neighbourhood Watch)

Burglary – Park Road.

On Sunday 27th January between 4.15pm and 9.30pm a house on Park Road (close to the junction with Fielding Road) was burgled.  Two pedal cycles were taken from the garage.

Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101, the Leicestershire police non-emergency number.

Crime ref:-  LC/00406/135

(Information from local police officers)

Burglary – Loughborough Road

On Saturday 26th January between 4.00pm and 1.25am on Sunday, a house on Loughborough Road (between Johnson Road and Greengate Lane) was burgled.  Various items were taken, together with a car which has since been recovered.

Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101, the Leicestershire police non-emergency number.

Crime ref:- LC/000389/139

(Information from local beat officers)

Theft of number plates.

Overnight on Friday/Saturday, between 10.00pm and 8.00am 11th/12th January, both front and rear number plates were stolen from a vehicle in Hill Rise.
Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101, Leicestershire Police non-emergency number.
Crime ref:-  LC/00186/13-6

(Information from local beat officer)

Burglary – Copeland Road.

On Friday 11th January between 7.45pm and 8.00pm a house on Copeland Road was burgled.  Entry was gained via the rear patio doors.  The burglars were possibly disturbed by neighbours who were alerted after hearing noises.
Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the Leicestershire Police non-emergency number.
Crime ref:-  LC/00183/13-7

(Information from local beat officer)

Burglary – Curzon Avenue

On Thursday 3rd January at 1.30am, a house on Curzon Avenue (close to School Lane) was broken into.  Access was gained by forcing the door to a conservatory and then attempting to enter the house.  The burglars were disturbed by the occupant and two males in dark clothing were seen climbing over a wall and running up Curzon Avenue towards Roman Road.  It is believed that no property was actually taken.

Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101, Leicestershire Police non-emergency number.
Crime ref:-  LC/00035/13-6

(Information from local beat officers)