Given the increase in crimes against older people by bogus callers, Home Instead Senior Care is partnering with An Garda Síochána and sponsoring the provision of 300,000 bogus caller check cards to help older people feel safe.
Many people routinely employ door-to-door traders and repair people/ contractors. Some of these people carry out very little work and charge exorbitant amounts of money for their services. This is criminal behaviour and if you suspect bogus callers are in your area or are working in a vulnerable neighbour’s home, never hesitate in contacting the Gardaí immediately.
Genuine tradespeople will not be offended by any enquiries the Gardaí may make and may indeed welcome them. If an unknown person calls to the door, it is advised to give them a bogus caller check card to fill out their details. A genuine person will typically co-operate and not have a problem filling out the card and the older person will have peace of mind answering the door.
The bogus caller check cards are advised by An Garda Síochána to be used in the following manner:
• Look out the window
• Have a viewer fitted on your door
• Have a door chain fitted and keep the chain on
• Make sure your back door is locked before you go to the door
• Ask for ID – a genuine caller won’t mind
• Don’t be embarrassed to tell the caller to write and make an appointment
• The basic rule is: if you don’t know the person at your door, you shouldn’t let them in
• If anxious contact your local Garda station
The Garda National Crime Prevention Unit,
Tel: (01) 666 3362