At the last area Safer Neighbourhood Panel meeting, it was mentioned that some home-less groups are now using high-viz vests and wear them on a regular basis. There is a high concentration near Stepney Green Station and around the Sainsbury’s there.
I do not want to vilify the homeless, however if behaviour becomes concerning in that somebody, wearing a high-viz vest to pretend being an official from a housing organisation and attempts to enter resident’s flats using that pretence it becomes a worry.
Yesterday, a man, wearing a high-viz vest, knocked on my door, handed me a cooking thermometer and asked me to hold it under my bathroom sink for 10 minutes to give him a reading.
He pretended to be from Tower Hamlets Homes. THH thinks it is a bogus caller. I do remember a THH letter going round, saying, that they do not check the water on resident’s taps regularly.
Many couriers and work personnel also wear high-viz, it is hard to distinguish them and the ID that man yesterday took out of his pocket, was quickly put away, before I could even see it.
It makes a resident weary to even open the door to a caller because if everybody now wears high-viz, good and bad, there is no longer any proof that a caller, who visibly wears a high-viz and can be seen through the spyhole can be trusted.
How are residents supposed to be happily opening the doors to delivery couriers if the person outside could easily be a potential criminal also?
We do not have any entry system in Rosebery House, couriers may find it hard to even place one of those new delivery box systems into our block.