Police and trading standards in joint bid to tackle doorstep crime

Police Scotland has teamed up with Trading Standards officers to help beat doorstep crime in a nationwide campaign.

The campaign, which launched last week, has seen police and trading standards officers target bogus callers and rogue traders, both of which can have a devastating effect if you fall victim to them.

Superintendent Gus MacPherson said: “Doorstep crime can affect anyone within our local communities, but we are aware that in particular the over 60’s can be targeted due to a perceived vulnerability.

“Those who commit such crimes, like bogus callers and rogue traders, are extremely convincing in how they approach and interact with potential victims. Anyone can be convinced by the lies these criminals create.

“We know that there is a significant amount of under reporting of this crime type, with individuals either not being aware that they have been subject to a crime, or feel embarrassed to tell someone.

“Police Scotland and all our partner agencies hope that this campaign will increase awareness amongst communities of this despicable crime and give confidence in being able to deal with those who cold-call at their door.”

As part of their bid to crack down on doorstep crime, Police Scotland has launched the ‘Nominated Neighbour Scheme’.

The scheme aims to foster local support for those who choose to not answer their door to cold-callers. Further information on this scheme can be found on the Police Scotland website or by calling your local Community Policing team on 101.

As part of the campaign, Police Scotland officers in Tayside, along with their partner agencies, took part in a national day of enforcement on Friday, April 11.

The activity centred on stopping and checking vehicles at strategic locations, with the aim of disrupting and deterring those who may be involved in the commission of doorstep crime.

Bogus callers or rogue traders take advantage of the trust and goodwill of householders and invariably target the elderly or more vulnerable members of the community. They tend to be plausible and prepare for the encounter. Their aim is to gain entry under false pretences. They often attend at homes with vehicles that appear to be legitimate for carrying out work. However, this can be a ruse intended to allay any doubts or suspicions someone may have. Police Scotland and partners, encourage residents to have confidence in challenging any suspicious persons who cold call at their homes.