Wednesday, January 25, 2023

LAOIS gardaí are warning residents to be on the alert after a man impersonating a garda called to a local house yesterday.

The man called to a home outside Rosenallis yesterday morning, purporting to be a garda carrying out calls.

Fortunately, the householders were suspicious and did not engage with the conman, according to Laois-Offaly crime prevention officer Sgt Graham Kavanagh. The sergeant urged people to stay vigilant and to report all suspicious activity.

Local gardaí repeated their warning that there has been an increase in the number of reported incidents of people impersonating gardaí. Recent incidents involve garda impersonators requesting to check cash held by the injured party, as a result of an increase in counterfeit cash circulating in the area, or that the ‘conmen’ need to check the security of the house as a result of an increase in burglaries in the area.

Gardaí said: “An Garda Síochána will not cold call to a house and request to do either of these. An Garda Síochána wish to remind the public that any garda member calling to your door will have identification. Should you have any concerns about the person at the door, you should not answer the door even if they are purporting to be a garda.

“Genuine gardaí will always provide details to allow you to confirm their identity with the local Garda Station and will be patient while you choose to so.”


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