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Tips to prevent doorstep crime


Police have issued a series of crucial tips to help prevent doorstep crime across Monklands.

Opportunis­tic scammers are always on the lookout to con innocent people out of their hard-earned cash.

To combat this, Police Scotland is urging Airdrie and Coatbridge residents to be wary of “anyone who calls at your door unexpected­ly, especially if they offer to do any type of work or repair”.

They also ask that you “always check someone’s credential­s – a genuine person won’t mind. Phone the company they represent or check online, but never use contact details they give you”. Other tips include:

– Take the time to think about any offer, even if it’s genuine.

– Don’t feel pressured to hand over money or give personal informatio­n.

– Don’t be embarrasse­d to say “no” or ask them to leave.

– Never disclose your PIN or let anyone persuade you to hand over your bank card, financial informatio­n or take you somewhere to withdraw cash.

– Call the police non-emergency number 101 if you’re not in immediate danger but want to report an incident.

– And phone 999 if you feel threatened or in danger.

Further informatio­n on doorstep crime, and how to combat it, can be obtained by visiting Police Scotland’s website or the force’s Lanarkshir­e branch’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

Anyone looking to report incidents anonymousl­y can do so by calling Crimestopp­ers on 0800 555 111.

Police Scotland has also issued a series of useful websites in the fight against doorstep crime, which include Victim Support, Citizens Advice and Take Five To Stop Fraud.

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