FEARS over the number of lost and stolen police warrant cards have been voiced by Halifax’s MP.
West Yorkshire Police have lost 83 cards in the past year and 10 were stolen.
Campaigners for elderly residents claim there is a worrying trend of criminals getting into pensioners’ homes by pretending to be police.
MP Linda Riordan said: “It is very worrying that so many of these cards have been lost and are floating around in Yorkshire.
“I have never lost my ID card for Parliament because I know how it could be used.
“It is a problem and the police need to be more careful.”
Warrant cards should contain a photograph of the officer, name and rank, serial number and signature.
There is a magnetic strip on the back which can be used to access police buildings, although this can be instantly deactivated when the card is reported missing.
Jo Shepheard, from Age UK, said: “This is a very worrying statistic for elderly people in West Yorkshire.
“Elderly residents are vulnerable and they are targeted especially because they have cash in their houses.
“Age UK urged people not to allow anyone into their homes if they have any concerns.
“The best way to stop bogus callers is to always ask for ID and to always check it carefully with a chain on the door.”