Help us all stay safe

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY JAMES SIMP­SON

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., or call us on 01382 575017.

Char­lie Kean (inset) is call­ing for more peo­ple and busi­nesses to back our Safe as Houses cam­paign.

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