Tuesday 18 June 2019

Warning after bogus garda calls to homes

Mary Fogarty

Gardaí have urged householders to be cautious after reports of a person pretending to be a garda to get access to houses in Greystones and Shankill.

Garda Declan Lynch said that nobody has to open their front door, or let anyone in, if they are unsure of their identity.

'If someone at the door claims to be a garda, you can always ring the station,' said Garda Lynch. 'If you ask their name and what station they are attached to, and say you will call, anyone posing as a member of An Garda Síochána will probably leave at that point,' he said.

'Stop and think, don't make it easy for them. It's your front door and you don't have to open it.'

A man in his 30s presented at the home of an elderly lady in Delgany recently, at around 6 p.m. on a Saturday evening.

He claimed to be a detective called David Hutchinson and was wearing dark clothing. The man had dark hair with a fringe. He told the woman that he wanted to check the windows and alarms but the woman would not allow him access to the house. He also attempted to access houses in Belview Cottages in Delgany. Gardaí in Greystones said that he is not a garda.

Gardaí in Shankill are investigating the theft of a sum of money taken from an elderly man in Shankill under similar circumstances.

Gardaí in both districts said that they do not ask for access to people's homes, other than when they have a warrant.

Anyone with concerns can contact Bray Garda Station on 01 6665300, Shankill Garda Station on 01 6665900, or any garda station.

Bray People