Monday, 1 February 2010

Drain Cover Theft and Bogus Cold Callers

Firstly there has been a spate of thefts of drain covers known as "ironworks" in the East Barnet area. These are stolen for their scrap metal value. If you see anyone tampering or removing metal drain covers dial 999 straight away. However the council will be replacing the stolen ones and will use the following contractors. "VOLKER HIGHWAYS CROWLEY" or "RINGWAYS". And now for something completely different:

This is a cold calling incident in East Finchley relating to suspicious callers in Cecilia Close N2 on 25th January.

MALE white aged mid 20s 5ft 7in, medium build wearing a wooly hat, light polo shirt and light beige jacket and a MALE white aged mid 20s 5ft 3in, stocky build wearing light beige jacket, dark trousers. Last night, 25/01/2010, two white MALES knocked on the informant's door. Both had plastic cards on lanyards around their necks and were holding notebooks. They stated that they were from AOL / TALK TALK and were updating computer systems. The informant told them that they were not interested and asked them to leave but they insisted that they had to come in and do something to his computer system. The informant refused and one of the MALES became abusive with the informant. The informant contacted AOL and they stated that without a name they could not confirm if they were staff but in all updates the informant would be sent an e-mail. The Informant is concerned as there are lots of elderly people in the area.

They had actually come during the day and asked if there would be anyone in throughout the evening. They then came back in the evening insisting that they come into my house. The informant has spoken to some neighbours and they have experienced the same thing but did not allow them in. If these people show up call police on 999 immediately.

Paul Hammond, Barnet Boroughwatch

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