Local people have been called upon to use a caller checking system amid growing fears over a spike in burglaries in the greater Galliagh area.
Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has urged those concerned about bogus callers to use ‘Quick Check’.
The 24-hour telephone facility allows householders to make a freephone phone-call to verify the individual identity of anyone calling at their door.
Councillor Duffy said: “There are growing concerns about the number of distraction and opportunistic burglaries taking place in the greater Galliagh area.
“On many occasions those behind these crimes pass themselves off as electricity, water board or the likes of Housing Executive workers.
“If anyone is worried about the authenticity of a caller at their home I would encourage them to use the Quick Check’ scheme.
“They will check with the company on your behalf, that the person at your door is genuine. If they are not or they think that there is something suspicious, they will contact the police.”
The Quick Check freephone line is 0800 013 22 90.