• Fit a door viewer and a door chain/limiter.    These will allow you to safely check callers and retain control over security.
  • If you think a caller is suspicious do not let him/her in.
  • Front and rear doors and windows should be kept locked day and night.
  • Before answering a call to the front door, make sure the back door is locked.
  • Never allow a stranger enter your home unless you are satisfied as to their identity and the reason for their visit.
  • Remember callers may not be who they say they are!. Some reasons like “I’ve had an accident”, “I’ve broken down”, “I’m from the council” can be bogus.
  • Bogus callers can be male or female, young or old – do not be fooled by the caller’s appearance.
  • While it is your decision, it is recommended that you do not give money at the door to strangers.
  • Don’t be intimidated by callers.  Always ask for identification first and check if it is genuine with a phone call if necessary.
  • Under no circumstances should you provide callers at the door or on the phone with your personal bank account number, your credit/debit card details, social welfare numbers or other personal details.
  • Do not leave old and no longer relevant financial statements lying around.    Shred as appropriate.
  • Keep a list of easily accessible emergency numbers that you can refer to quickly, if required, e.g. family, neighbours, Gardai, medical or fire service.
  • If you have a mobile phone, ensure that you have emergency contact numbers recorded under the ICE (In Case of Emergency) system.



  • Do not keep large amounts of cash in your home.   Use banks, building societies, credit unions, and post offices.
  • Keep all credit/debit cards in a secure location as well as financial statements and records.
  • Out of date cards should be destroyed.
  • Do not give your credit/debit card passwords to anybody.
  • When out and about, avoid carrying large sums of money.



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