Help us all stay safe
Charlie Kean, director at roofing firm Kean2Slaters, urged local traders to make customers aware of bogus callers and to help people stay safe in their homes.
Teaming up with Mr Kean’s company, the Safe as Houses campaign is about helping residents with the things they need to make sure their home is secure, so they don’t have to worry about becoming a victim of crime.
Charlie said any business or trader in the city could help support the initiative by donating security devices, advice or just their time to the campaign.
He said: “Whether you’re a locksmith who can fit a lock on an elderly person’s home for free, or run a security company, there’s lots you can do to spread the word and help the campaign.
“If you work on people’s houses like I do, it’s important to keep an eye out for your customers.”
Charlie said he was still hearing reports of residents, particularly elderly or lonely people, being targeted by scammers and bogus callers.
“There are so many reports I’ve been hearing from customers of bogus callers going around doors recently,” he said. “Whether that has been people impersonating the gas board or coming to the door well dressed looking for
A BUSINESSMAN has urged fellow company bosses and philanthropists in Dundee to back the Tele’s Safe as Houses campaign.
work. I would urge residents to always check tradesmen’s credentials — the most obvious one is that they are presenting legitimate identification.
“Other examples are if a tradesman asks for funds to be sent directly to their bank account.
“In most cases it is the elderly people who are being targeted.
“There has been an example of bogus traders taking a woman in a van to take money out of her bank account.
“I would urge all local tradesman to advise their customers of the things to look out for should someone approach the door.
“With this campaign, hopefully we will make sure fewer people fall victim to thieves and bogus callers.
“If we can make it as hard as possible for the scam artists then we stand a chance of minimising the impact on victims.”
IF you have been targeted by a bogus caller, scammer or thief, or your business would like to support the campaign, email SafeasHouses@dctmedia. co.uk, or call us on 01382 575017.
Charlie Kean (inset) is calling for more people and businesses to back our Safe as Houses campaign.