Orton Community PolicingContact details for the Community Policing Team for Orton can be found on the Cumbria Police website.
Cumbria Police Upper Eden Policing Team
How to beat the ‘bogus caller’
There are a range of people who call at doors offering different types of work, many are genuine but sometimes they come with the intention of tricking their way into your home. These are known as either the ‘distraction burglars’ or ‘bogus callers’. They can claim to be from any authority or they may just ask for a drink of water. Over the past few months there has been a rise in the number of incidents in Cumbria involving ‘bogus callers’. People have been charged large amounts of money for very small levels of work e.g having garden bushes trimmed. Before letting anyone in, whether expected or not be sure to ask for identification. Check any information against any prior correspondence or check the number on the card against the number in the phonebook before letting anyone enter. Genuine visitors should always arrange an appointment and carry photographic identification and will be happy to wait while you check their details. If you are still unsure and you’re alone, ask them to call back when someone else is there. Always keep your doors locked when in and out, and if you decide to open the door, keep the chain on. If you are in any doubt, keep them out.
If you think a ‘bogus caller’ may have called, report it immediately on 0845 33 00 247. A description of the person or any vehicle registrations is always helpful. If you would like any further information regarding ‘bogus callers’ please get in contact with PCSO 5195 Stuart Brownrigg at Appleby police station as further training on the subject can be offered.