PENSIONERS in Huddersfield are set to benefit from a firm's scheme which can help to beat bogus callers.
Npower's Priority Service Register scheme uses a password system.
The company is encouraging customers in Huddersfield to create a memorable password which Npower employees will use when calling to read electricity and gas meters, to identify exactly who they are and where they are from.
Home Office figures show that this time of year is a particularly popular one for crime.
Some 1,237 burglary and distraction burglary offences were recorded in West Yorkshire between January and March, 2003.
That is 3.2 offences per 1,000 people in Huddersfield.
Npower spokes- woman Geraldine Dunne said:
"We created the Priority Service Register for people who have sight or hearing difficulties, are disabled, chronically sick or are over 60.
"Also, our Callers At The Door leaflet offers advice on what to do when a stranger calls at your home.
"It gives people space to fill in details which the caller should already know to prove they are genuine."
For information about how to join the Priority Service Register call 0845 166 3535 or textphone 0845 603 0652