HOUSEHOLDERS are warned to be on their guard after bogus charity workers struck in Keighley.

The suspects called at an address at Lowry View – in the Parkwood area – on Saturday, claiming to be collecting for charity.

"One of the suspects asked to use the toilet – which the victim allowed," said a West Yorkshire Police spokesman.

"Once the suspects had gone, the victim realised an item had been taken from the bathroom.

"Bogus callers try to con their way into your home to steal or trick you out of money. They often pretend to be from a professional company – such as your energy or water provider – or claim that they need some help, are an old friend, collecting for charity or conducting a survey. This type of criminal may work with an accomplice who sneaks in and searches your house for valuables while you are kept distracted."

Advice includes:

• Check other doors and windows are locked before answering the door so no one else can sneak in

• Ask for ID through the letterbox and call the number on your bill or in the phone book to check the caller's identity

• Keep a list of useful telephone numbers by the phone so that you know exactly where genuine company details are if needed

• Utility services may operate a password system, contact your provider to find out more

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