Be­ware the an­nual sum­mer boom in doorstep crime

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

With sum­mer fast ap­proach­ing, Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang po­lice are urg­ing the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant to po­ten­tial doorstep crime.

Com­mon doorstep scams in­clude some­one knock­ing on your door pre­tend­ing to be a trader, of­fer­ing to un­der­take work on your home/gar­den or pos­ing as a char­ity col­lec­tor or some­one that needs your help.

These call­ers will of­ten use dis­trac­tion tech­niques or be pushy while speak­ing to you. If you are not ex­pect­ing any call­ers peep holes/over­look­ing win­dows or door chains are a good way to iden­tify the caller.

Never be afraid to ask to see ID badges.

Le­git­i­mate work­ers will not have an is­sue with this re­quest. If the per­son states they are from your gas/elec­tric/ tele­phone com­pany phone the num­ber on your util­ity bill to con­firm this.

You can also set up a pass­word with the com­pany in the event a rep­re­sen­ta­tive at­tends your home.

Rogue-traders usu­ally cold-call, claim­ing to be work­ers of­fer­ing to sell ser­vices, make re­pairs or carry out work on your house, gar­den or drive­way.

In re­al­ity they charge in­flated prices for sub-stan­dard or un­nec­es­sary work. They may tell you work is ur­gent and needs to be car­ried out im­me­di­ately and ask for pay­ment there and then. They may of­fer to come to the bank with you if you do not have cash at hand.

We do not rec­om­mend deal­ing with cold-call­ers for property main­te­nance and home re­pairs.

PC Lu­cie Black from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang safer com­mu­ni­ties depart­ment, said: “As we ap­proach the spring and sum­mer, we are urg­ing the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant to cold call­ers of­fer­ing ser­vices and goods for sale.

“Do not feel pres­sured into mak­ing on the spot de­ci­sions about goods and ser­vices of­fered for sale. Take your time to check cre­den­tials to sat­isfy your­self that they are a le­git­i­mate busi­ness with a good rep­u­ta­tion.”

Any sus­pi­cious per­sons or ac­tiv­ity, in re­la­tion to doorstep crime should be re­ported to po­lice as soon as pos­si­ble by call­ing 101. South La­nark­shire Trad­ing Stan­dards depart­ment can be con­tacted for ad­vice on ap­proved traders.

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