Bo­gus call­ers crack­down is a big suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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.

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