Older residents in north Dublin have been warned about a woman posing as a HSE staff member to gain access to their homes. As a result of the warning from the HSE, 300,000 bogus caller cards are available from An Garda Síochána and Home Instead Senior Care.
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
“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”, says Sergeant Pat McDonald of An Garda Síochána.
Many people in the local community 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.
“We encourage older people and anyone else concerned about bogus callers to use a bogus caller card. Everyone, no matter what age, deserves to live safely in their own home”, says Ed Murphy of Home Instead Senior Care, Ireland’s largest home care provider.