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Clampdown on local Census fraud

Created on 19/04/2011 @ 16:02


As part of its commitment to help reduce doorstep crime, Dyfed-Powys Police has joined forces with partners Trading Standards and Local Authorities to launch an initiative to combat Census-related offences.
The campaign offers advice in the form of clear steps which have been developed to help decrease the number of rogue trader and distraction burglary victims across the area during the Census period, and to increase the reporting of suspicious doorstep incidents.
Census day in England and Wales was March 27 when households had to complete the return on that day and submit it either electronically or by post. But from April 6, Census Collectors started visiting properties where their records show a return has not been submitted and this is where the criminals have seized an opportunity.
Citizen Focus Chief Inspector Chris Curtis says: “The main target audience for the campaign are people over 65-years-old, as records demonstrate they are generally the most vulnerable. Their middle-aged children, who are arguably in the best position to empower and influence their parents, are also targeted by the campaign.
“This campaign is important as it raises awareness of the dangers of doorstep fraudsters, and offers clear advice on how to react if a doorstep caller knocks at the front door and pretends to be part of the Census. So listen to the campaign message – if in doubt keep them out.”
The police say that Census collectors will always show their census photo identity card, and leave a calling card if you’re out reminding you to complete and return your questionnaire.
Mywelshpool has supported the campaign by reminding readers that Census Collectors will NOT:
Ask you to provide bank, debit card or credit card details
Call to deliver your census questionnaire: this is all being done by post
Ask you to leave your questionnaire on the doorstep or with a neighbour for collection
Ask for any personal information other than your name, address and date of birth
Come into your home unless you invite them in
Fill in the questionnaire on your behalf, unless you are unable to do this yourself
Leave a spare census questionnaire with your neighbour or ask them to provide personal or detailed information about you if you’re out.
If you have any doubt, call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.
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