RESIDENTS have been reminded of essential tips to protect themselves and their homes from doorstep criminals.

The advice comes from Wrexham Sergeant David Smith as part of the ongoing Operation Blue Instinct.

Sgt Smith said: "Unfortunately these days, not everyone who calls at your door may be a genuine caller, so you should always be on your guard.

"The person stood on your doorstep could be a legitimate caller, a rogue trader, or even a distraction burglar.

"But don't worry - If you read on and always follow the three step plan you'll know exactly what to do.

"And remember any genuine caller on legitimate business will accept they have to wait whilst you make the appropriate checks.

"It's your home - you don't have to let anyone in!

"One: If in doubt, keep them out. It sounds simple, but if you don't let someone in - they will go away. Don't let them pressure you into opening your door.

"Two: Be prepared. Be in control. Think about what to say to any doorstep cold callers in advance.

"And keep a list of key contact numbers near your phone so you can check out legitimate callers using reliable contact numbers for them.

"You have the right to ask all other unwanted callers to go away and not return.

"Three: Call a neighbour or the police if you are suspicious of the cold caller. "Contact a local relative or nominated neighbour who can help verify a cold caller. "If you think someone is a rogue trader call 101. To report a distraction burglar or rogue trader who has taken your money and is still in the area - call 999."

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Sgt Smith added: "We are working collaboratively with various partners and organisations to help make Wrexham Town a safer place.

"To help make your street a safer place join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme today!"

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