Police across Devon are urging residents to be vigilant of bogus door-to-door callers following an incident in the region.
On Wednesday, a man approached an elderly lady’s home in Tiverton, claiming to be from British Gas.
He said he was there to carry out some works and walked into her kitchen.
He then asked her to go into the bathroom and press down hard on the bathroom taps. While she had left the room he attempted to gain entry to her bedroom.
In this case, she realised he was a bogus caller and stopped him before anything was stolen.
She then called British Gas who confirmed there were no workers in the area.
Police are advising residents to deny entry to anyone unless you know who they are. If callers are genuine they will have official identification or they will return another time when a friend or family member is present.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “If anyone is concerned that a caller is not genuine they should close the door and call the police. Ask to see identification and if they still are not sure, genuine callers will not object to you calling their organisation to verify their identity. When doing this, make them wait outside and keep the door closed.
“These bogus callers pray on the vulnerable – we want to catch these men and see that they’re brought to justice. We’re asking the public to keep an eye out and report anything suspicious to us immediately.”
Any witnesses or people with information are asked to call 101 and provide useful details such as their direction of travel or any vehicle registration numbers.