A NEW band of Northumbrian superheroes are the latest crime fighters against bogus callers.
Northumbrian Water has published a new comic to educate children about bogus caller crime and encourage them to pass on the information to elderly relatives and friends.
Superheroes Karl, Kelly, Jermaine, Bethany and their dog Splash make up the H2O gang in the Stranger Danger story, which shows Jermaine’s grandma being tricked by Dr Dry and Drip who pretend to work for a water company to access her home and steal her valuables.
The characters may be fictional, but the issue is a real problem as more than 50 per cent of bogus callers claim to be from a water company.
Stranger Danger is aimed at children aged five to ten, who can then pass on the advice.
One of the first to benefit was Morpeth schoolboy Daniel Jones and his grandma Celia Rockett, who had a visit from Superhero Karl.
Northumbria Water spokeswoman Cara Hall said; “This is a fun and creative way to educate children and their relatives and friends about a very serious issue.
“Callous conmen prey on the elderly and vulnerable and devastate lives. Elderly people tend to be very trusting and it is important that we educate our customers of all ages about bogus caller crime so we can get information and advice to potential victims.”
The company is part of Operation Strongbow, which is run by police to raise awareness of and prevent distraction burglary.
All Northumbrian Water employees carry identity cards and will not mind waiting for people to check their details by calling the company on 0845 717 1100.
Customers can also register a password that anyone visiting from the company will use on request.