Ma­jor crack­down on crime at the doorstep

Wide-rang­ing as­sault on street level prob­lems

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Re­sults f rom the at­tach­ment in­cluded 12 men be­ing sub­ject of re­ports to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal in con­nec­tion with al­leged fraud of­fences; the al­leged of­fences amounted to around £370,000.

Trad­ing Stan­dards of­fi­cers also took ac­tion against eight peo­ple who breached the En­ter­prise Act 2002, with the of­fences amount­ing to al­most £200,000.

The team worked to­gether to com­bat other types of crime in­clud­ing vis­its to shops in La­nark­shire, where over £150,000 worth of coun­ter­feit goods were re­cov­ered; one woman was sub­ject to a re­port to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal in con­nec­tion with that re­cov­ery.

A war­rant was ex­e­cuted at premises in Coat­bridge where a large amount of il­licit cig­a­rettes were re­cov­ered.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Colin Camp­bell, who heads up the Op­er­a­tion Doric team, said: “The sup­port from our part­ner agen­cies at North and South La­nark­shire coun­cils is es­sen­tial in the fight against crime.

“This sec­ond­ment has again shown how joint work­ing and in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing can re­ally im­pact our com­mit­ment to re­duc­ing crime.

“The team un­der­took joint op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­ity us­ing both agen­cies pow­ers to tar­get those in­volved in doorstep and coun­ter­feit crimes.

“We will con­tinue to work to­gether to gather in­tel­li­gence, carry out joint op­er­a­tions and ed­u­ca­tional events, whilst shar­ing good prac­tice.”

The De­tec­tive In­spec­tor added: “The peo­ple who com­mit doorstep crime are de­spi­ca­ble.

“They de­lib­er­ately tar­get el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and de­fraud them of their life sav­ings.

“If some­one at­tends at your door, and you are not ex­pect­ing them, don’t let them in.

“If some­one comes to your door about re­pairs that need car­ried out, please alert a neigh­bour or fam­ily mem­ber to their pres­ence, and for any ad­vice and as­sis­tance, please con­tact po­lice on 101.

“A lot of these fraud­sters can ap­pear le­git­i­mate, but be wary and don’t be afraid to say no.”

Paul Ban­nis­ter, Trad­ing St a n d a rds manag e r at North La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “Fur­ther joint work­ing through this part­ner­ship ini­tia­tive with Po­lice Scot­land’s La­nark­shire Di­vi­sion and our neigh­bours in South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has again demon­strated that we can bet­ter achieve re­sults work­ing to­gether than we can in iso­la­tion.

“We will con­tinue to take the most ro­bust en­force­ment ac­tion avail­able to tar­get crim­i­nals, with the aims of mak­ing our com­mu­ni­ties safer and en­sur­ing that those who break the law do not ben­e­fit from it.

“Work­ing to­gether helps us to de­liver on one of our key Com­mu­nity Safety Part­ner­ship out­comes, re­duc­ing the harm caused to com­mu­ni­ties by or­gan­ised crime groups.”

Fur­ther crime preven­tion ad­vice is avail­able on the Po­lice Scot­land web­site at www. scot­land. po­lice. uk/ keep-safe/

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