Police issue urgent 'Porch Pirates' warning to Scarborough and Filey residents

North Yorkshire Police have put out an urgent warning for residents in Scarborough and Filey following reports of a man knocking on doors claiming to be from Amazon.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 5:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 5:06 pm

Officers are advising residents to be on their guard against door-step callers asking where delivery drivers can leave parcels.

Scarborough Police have received reports of a man driving a blue van calling at homes claiming to be from Amazon and asking where parcels are usually left.

Thieves, dubbed 'porch pirates', will then return at a later date to try and steal packages that you have had delivered.

Police have received reports of a man in Scarborough and Filey knocking on doors.

North Yorkshire Police say you should not engage with any callers in these circumstances and to not pass on any information.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: "If you have any doubt about who is calling at your door, especially if you are not expecting them, don’t answer it.

"If you ever feel threatened by a caller at your door, always call 999."

If you have been contacted in this way, including anyone with doorbell CCTV of the caller, you should report it to North Yorkshire Police via 101 or online at https://northyorkshire.police.uk/do-it-online/report-it/.