Published: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 - NIHE
We are warning residents on the Ards Peninsula to think before allowing a stranger into their home, after one of its tenants was robbed over the weekend.
Three men called to the door of one of our tenants in Ballywalter claiming to be from us. The elderly lady admitted them but unfortunately they robbed her. The PSNI has been alerted.
We remind everyone that its staff and contractors will have a photographic identity card. This should be asked for and checked carefully. If there is any doubt, or no ID card is produced, we say take no chances and refuse entry. Only a bogus caller will insist on entry without proper identification.
Owen Brady, the Ards and North Down Area Manager, said:
“Tenants should be extra vigilant as bogus callers are increasing and theft is usually their aim. 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.  When they call, ask for ID.”
“If you have a door chain or spy hole - use it, or look out of the window. You can call us on 03448 920 900 to check the caller’s details if they claim to be from the Housing Executive or you can phone ‘Quick Check’ 0800 013 22 90, a 24 hour free-phone service, to check the identity of the caller.”
If anyone has information regarding this incident in Ballywalter or suspect suspicious activity, then call the PSNI on the non-emergency number 101