Police in Angus are urging residents to be vigilant following a report that bogus workmen were at large in Carnoustie last week.
It was reported to police that at around 10.30am on Thursday, June 23, bogus workmen attended an address in the town’s Ravensby Park Gardens.
Four men entered the roof space of the property and informed the occupier that urgent repairs were required. Whilst carrying out their crime, they defrauded the victim of thousands of pounds in cash.
One of the men is described as being between 25 and 35 years-old, about five feet eight inches tall and was wearing a dark padded jacket and dark-coloured trousers. He had dark-coloured greasy hair which was combed back.
The second man is described as being between 40 and 50 years-old, about six feet tall, of heavy build, with dark hair and a large dark-coloured beard. He was wearing a grey hooded anorak and dark-coloured trousers.
The third man is described as being in his early 20s, about five feet 11 inches tall, of slim build with fair hair and was wearing a red/pink coloured T-shirt.
The fourth man is described as being between 16-20-years-old, of slim build and was around five feet nine inches tall.
Anyone who has information that could assist officers with enquiries into this is encouraged to contact Police Scotland on 101. Similarly residents across Tayside are urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 to report suspicious activity or suspected door-step crime. Information can also be passed anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Doorstep crime includes bogus callers and rogue traders or workmen. They take advantage of the trust and goodwill of householders and invariably target the elderly or more vulnerable members of the community.
Cold callers can trick their way into homes under a false pretences with the intention of stealing cash and belongings, whilst bogus workmen will seek payment for shoddy work, or indeed money up front for work that is never carried out.
Residents should always be on their guard against this type of crime, especially if they have elderly or vulnerable neighbours. Look out for one another. Police Scotland urge residents to report any and every incident. The people responsible for this type of crime are very well practised in their approach. The more information the police receive about suspicious activity, the more this will assist officers in bringing offenders before the courts.
Criminals of this type often operate in small teams of two or three. Be suspicious of anyone cold calling at your door offering to do work, or to fix a problem you have no prior knowledge of. Equally, do not trust anyone who calls asking for a drink of water or use of your bathroom for example. Do not let yourself become a victim.
Keep doors closed to prevent people from simply walking in. If the door has a chain, use it. If someone calls claiming to be a workman of any description, demand to see their identification – genuine workmen will not object and should have appropriate ID. You can make them wait outside and contact the company or organisation they claim to be with for verification.
If, for whatever reason, your suspicions are not satisfied, do not let that caller in. Shut the door and call the police.
By providing advice and raising awareness of these incidents we aim to strengthen our communities against doorstep crime.
Anyone with information that can assist police enquiries regarding these types of crimes should call 101. Information can also be provided anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency call 999.