Wiltshire Police are warning residents across the county against engaging with callers purporting to be conducting Crime Surveys or Police Surveys.
Elderly residents especially are being targeted by telephone and asked if they live alone, have a house alarm, a lifeline alarm, a carer who visits them or family nearby.
Police are advising people not to give these details or any other personal information over the phone to unknown callers.
There have also been incidents where cold calling companies falsely claim they are working with the Police in order to sell alarm systems. Wiltshire Police would never randomly contact members of the public by telephone.
Crime Reduction Officer, Amanda Clarke said: ‘These offenders are actively targeting the elderly and vulnerable and questioning them on their circumstances. This information could be very beneficial to burglars and we are strongly advising people not to engage in conversation or give any details. We would also like to encourage relatives and friends to make sure that the elderly are aware of this advice.
If anyone is concerned about home security or would like information on alarms and crime prevention they can contact me or their Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0845 408 7000.’
Crime prevention advice is also available on the website: www.wiltshire.police.uk