Consumers have been warned to remain extra vigilant against distraction burglars or bogus callers who pretend to be from a utility company or other organisations.
The Consumer Council for Water says that there are around 30 bogus caller crimes that take place in England and Wales every day.
A number of these crimes start off criminals trying to trick their way into homes by saying that they are from a utility company, particularly the 'water board'.
The Consumer Council for Water has given people a number of tips to help them protect against bogus callers.
"Bogus calling is a very disturbing crime because it deliberately targets vulnerable customers," Dame Yve Buckland, chair of the Consumer Council for Water, said.
"We want to make sure that everyone has the information they need should someone unexpectedly come knocking, and we have a section of our website to help people protect themselves against bogus callers.
"Those who would feel safer with more protection against bogus callers are encouraged to register a password beforehand with their water or energy company. This is then quoted by the caller as proof that they are from that organisation."
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