Bogus callers in Rathcoole
Published: Thur, 25 Sep 2014
All our staff carry photographic ID
Following reports of incidents in the Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey we are warning tenants to think twice before allowing a stranger into their home.
Sharon Crooks, our South Antrim Area Manager, said:
“Tenants should be extra vigilant as bogus callers are on the increase and theft is usually their aim. These bogus callers will frequently claim to be from a public body like the Housing Executive or a contractor.
"Residents should not allow anyone to enter their home without proper identification.”
We are currently carrying out a survey in the area, but tenants will have received notification by letter in advance of a visit.
The Area Manager added:
“Our staff and contractors, and those from other public bodies will have a photographic identity card. Check this carefully, if they have forgotten their ID card they will understand if entry is refused.
“If you are in any doubt at all, take no chances, and refuse entry. Only a bogus caller will insist on entry without proper identification.
“If you have a door chain or spy hole - use it, or look out of the window. Alternatively, call us on 03448 920 900 to check the caller’s details if they claim to be from the Housing Executive or you can also phone ‘Quick Check’, on 0800 013 22 90, a 24 hour free-phone service to check the identity of the caller.”
If you are suspicious, then call the police.