POLICE are searching for a group of conmen after a recent spate of scams targeting elderly Canberrans.
Police say they received “several reports” of men of different descriptions offering a range of services to gain entry to homes and take money. The victims targeted are generally elderly people.
The offenders are offering to clean gutters, paint numbers on the drive way or posing as a plumber. In some circumstances they are being paid but not providing the service or gaining entry to the home and while asking the person to turn on the taps or flush the toilet, the offenders are taking handbags and purses and fleeing.
Station Sergeant Harry Hains from ACT Policing’s Crime Prevention says there are precautions people can take to minimise this happening to them.
“If you do not know the person, do not let them into your home,” Station Sergeant Hains said.
“If you have a security screen door, keep this locked and talk with the person through the screen or if you have a security chain, open the door with it still engaged. If you don’t want or need your number painted, gutters cleaned or there is nothing wrong with your toilet politely decline, then close and lock your door.”
Anyone who has seen suspicious activity in their neighbourhood should contact ACT Policing Operations on 131 444.
For further tips on home security can be found at police.act.gov.au.