Take care when people come to your home
Most people are honest and genuinely only want to help. But it is worth taking a bit of extra care when dealing with people visiting your home, especially people who you don’t know.
Here are some common-sense things you should do:
- If someone says they are from a charity or support organisation, ask to see their ID
- Take a moment to think before parting with any money or personal information
- Do not give strangers bank cards or PIN numbers
- Be aware of people offering or selling virus testing kits (these are only available from the NHS), vaccines or cures, overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from the coronavirus, paid-for shopping or medicine collection, or home cleaning
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
If you have any concerns about someone calling at your home, call the police on: 101 (or 999 if you feel threatened or in immediate danger).
Sadly, the police expect there will be an increase in domestic violence and abuse during COVID-19. If you become a victim of domestic abuse – don’t suffer in silence. There is help and support available for you. You can contact:
- The Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS) 24hr Helpline 03000 110 110. IDAS have some frequently-asked questions about domestic abuse and COVID-19
- 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
- Rape Crisis 0808 802 9999.
- Sexual Abuse Referral Centre 01904 669339
- Call the police on 101 – or 999 if you are in immediate danger
- Supporting Victims helps victims of crime in North Yorkshire 0808 168 9293
North Yorkshire Police have teamed up with their Safeguarding Partners to send a video message to victims of domestic abuse, to tell them they are not alone and that there are people here waiting to help you. Watch North Yorkshire Police’s video – how we support victims of domestic abuse
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