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Bogus Crime Line alert

Police Alert
Hertfordshire police are warning residents, particularly the elderly, to be wary of giving information out over the phone. Police say callers claiming to be from an organisation called Crime Line have been acting suspiciously.

If you receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be from Crime Line, the advice from Hertfordshire Police is to ask them to call back later and then report the incident to the police and tell family or friends.

In two recent incidents, callers claiming to be from Crime Line asked residents a series of questions such as whether they had ever been burgled and whether they knew of anyone who had been burgled. They then arranged for a follow up call. In both cases, when residents became suspicious and challenged the second caller, they hung up.

Inspector Pat Rawle from the Hertford Community Team said that in the two most recent incidents the householders did exactly the right thing by challenging the individuals about their reason for calling.

“I would like to take this opportunity to once again remind people of the importance of never giving out personal information about themselves to callers, unless they are entirely convinced that they are who they say they are.

“If you still feel uneasy, ask them to call back later. You can then ask for advice from a family member, friend or your local police and arrange for someone to be with when they do telephone.

“These criminals are very persuasive and plausible and we are calling upon residents, their families and carers to be aware of these callers and to take precautions against them.”

If you have any information about these crimes, please ring the Crime Desk on 01992 533002. Alternatively callers can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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9 October 2004

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