Bogus callers crackdown is a big success
Pol i ce Scotland have completed a week of action against bogus callers and doorstep crime in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
As part of Operation Monarda, officers carried out high visibility operations throughout Lanarkshire between Monday, September 28 and Sunday, October 4.
Safer Communities Department visited sheltered housing complexes and held information events in the two towns, as well as Cumbernauld, Bellshill, Viewpark, Coatbridge and Motherwell, to raise awareness and give safety advice. They also distributed information packs to local groups throughout the division.
The advice given included being alert when answering your door to strangers, making sure doors and windows are kept secure, using a door chain and not allowing access until the person’s identity has been verified.
It also included useful resources to assist them in reporting incidents and to highlight what assistance is available.
On Wednesday, September 30, divisional officers were assisted by their road policing colleagues and partner agencies including VOSA, Department for Work and Pensions and North and South Lanarkshire Council’s Trading Standards Department to stop and check vehicles using main routes throughout Lanarkshire to deter and detect those involved in rogue trading.
Police spoke to 166 people and 81 vehicles were examined with 10 prohibitions for vehicle safety defects issued.
One vehicle was seized by police after one driver was issued a fixed penalty notice for no insurance.
Superintendent Tom Skelton from Lanarkshire Divisions Headquarters said: “This concentrated effort was part of our ongoing commitment to eradicate this despicable crime. Not everyone is who they appear to be and our message is clear – if in doubt, keep them out.
“The people who carry this type of crime out can be very persuasive and are able to quickly gain the confidence of their victims who become convinced by their lies.
“The cold-callers may offer to carry out repairs which turn out to be poor quality, unnecessary and they charge extortionate prices for their time.
“At first people may be unaware that any crime has been committed then later find that a large amount of their life savings has been taken.
“It can lead to them feeling scared in their own home and can drastically affect their confidence.
“Victims may be embarrassed to come forward to police and report an incident, however, I would encourage them to come forward.
“Lives can be devastated and we will continue to work hard to raise awareness of this despicable crime and offer simple but effective advice to help avoid being targeted.
“We have a long history of working with our partners to target bogus callers and doorstep crime and we will continue to work together to raise awareness and provide advice to protect our local communities against this immoral crime.”
If you are aware of any suspicious activity taking place at the home of a neighbour, friend of family member, or if you have any information regarding doorstop crime in your area, please contact Police Scotland on 101. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.