Police make warning after man impersonating RSPCA officer seen in Peterborough

Police have made a warning to the public after reports have been received about a man impersonating an RSPCA officer in Peterborough.

Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 12:34 pm

The man has been spotted knocking on doors in Woodston claiming he is looking for stolen dogs and using that as an excuse to get inside houses.

Police have urged residents to remain vigilant about who they let in their home and insist genuine RSPCA officers will be able to show ID.

A police statement said: “We are aware of reports on social media about a man knocking on doors in the Woodston area reporting to be from the RSPCA.

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“The reports say the man claims to be looking for stolen dogs and wants to check the property.

“We have been in touch with the RSPCA who have confirmed they would be able to provide ID (which will be on show with a lanyard), would be in RSPCA uniform and would not be knocking door-to-door.

“Please be cautious before letting anyone into your home – genuine callers will expect you to be careful and will not mind you asking to see their ID or confirmation of who they say they are.

“If you are unsure, ask them to come back at a time that suits you when someone you trust can be with you.

“Advice about bogus callers can be found on our website here https://bit.ly/3hwvoVu.

“Anyone with information about these incidents can report to us by using our online webchat at https://bit.ly/331ZSbB or by calling 101.

“If a crime is in action or anyone is in immediate danger, always dial 999.”