Recently a local resident received a telephone call enquiring whether she was a member of Neighbourhood Watch. The caller advised he was part of a team trying to help NW by setting up a scheme to inform people about security.

She was told she had been chosen to receive a burglar alarm for just £1 (normal cost £2,500) and that he would visit her that evening at 6.30pm.

This is a bogus call and the work of confidence tricksters and the scam has been highlighted in the national newspapers.

The advice issued by the local police is not to engage in conversation with anyone you either do not know or do not have an appointment with, either by phone or on the doorstep.