Bogus caller targeted home of Limerick pensioner

Homeowners urged to be vigilant

David Hurley

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Bogus caller targeted home of Limerick pensioner

Gardai believe the man who called to the woman's home planned to steal from her

GARDAI in Limerick are warning homeowners now to allow anyone into their home unless they are 100% certain who they are and why they are there.

The warning follows an incident in recent days in which the home of a pensioner was targeted by a man who gardai believe was a bogus caller.

“An elderly lady living in the Joseph Street area of the city opened her front door to a male who claimed to be there to turn off her water. It was at 12.30 in the daytime,” said Sergeant Ber Leetch, crime prevention officer. 

While the got into the hallway of the woman’s home, the lady then had second thoughts and asked him to leave, which he did.

Gardai say they believe that this was a bogus caller and the lady foiled his attempt to steal from her.

“As always gardai advise everybody to check for identification and if they are not happy with that to request the person to call back, nobody has the right to enter your home unless you are completely happy with their identification and purpose,” said Sgt Leetch.