Theft doesn’t always involve breaking and
entering. Some criminals use distraction or fraud to steal – usually from the
In order to prevent these incidents and
protect yourself from fraudsters, please always follow these steps:
- Treat anyone you don’t know who
comes to your door without an appointment as suspicious.
- Always ask for identification.
Anyone visiting your home from Great Places will always carry ID and in most
cases will arrive in a Great Places branded vehicle. If anyone claiming to be
from Great Places comes to your door, you are entitled to ask for ID and should
always do so.
- If you are still unsure, call
Great Places. Be sure to close the door and ask the caller to wait outside
while you call, rather than inviting them in. Call 0300 123 1966 and we can confirm if you should be expecting a
member of the Great Places team.
- Never give cash upfront. Great
Places will never ask for cash payments upfront in exchange for repairs and
maintenance. If anyone does ask for money and claims to be from Great Places,
ask the caller to leave and contact us using the number above.
- If you live alone or feel you may
be more vulnerable to fraudsters, arrange with a trusted neighbour or a member
of your family who lives nearby to be your ‘Nominated Neighbour’. This is
someone you can call to help you confirm the identity of any person who calls
at your door and accompany them into your home while they speak to you.
If you’re looking for further guidance on preventing
door-to-door fraud, the GMP website has plenty of useful information available.
Click here for their advice on avoiding doorstep crime, or click here to download ‘The Little Book of Big Scams’ which covers all types of fraud.