Bogus police officers in Gateshead
Dated: 14 Jul 2012
Between 8.30pm and 9.10pm on Friday, 13 July, two men claiming to be police officers called at the home of a 68-year-old woman in Windy Nook, Gateshead.
The pair said they were police officers and showed what appeared to be a search warrant.
They were at the house for around 45 minutes and searched every room before removing a sum of cash in a carrier bag claiming they were taking it to Market Street Police Station in Newcastle. The woman was given no paperwork or receipts.
Both men were described as being in their 30s, white, around 5ft 8in tall, of slim build and smartly dressed in suits. One spoke with a local accent and the other with a Scottish accent.
Officers from Northumbria Police have made door to door enquiries in the area and enquiries are continuing.
People in the region are being reminded that when answering a call at your door always remember to:
· Stop and think if the caller is expected
· Put the door chain or door bar on before opening the door and keep it on while talking to the caller.
· Ask for the caller’s identity card and check it carefully - even if the person has a pre-arranged appointment.
· Not let visitors who are in a hurry, pressurise or confuse you into your home – leave them to wait outside while you confirm who they are. Genuine visitors will not mind waiting. Close the door and lock it when you need to leave a caller standing outside.
· Never use a telephone number given to you by a caller – find the number in your telephone directory or check with a friend, relative or neighbour.
· Ask the caller to return if you are not comfortable, making sure someone is with you when they come back.
If you suspect anything suspicious contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you think a crime is being committed call 999.