Following the launch of Operation Monarda on Monday and a week-long awareness campaign, Police Scotland and partner agencies in Tayside participated in a national day of enforcement today (Friday).
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.
All partners, including Adult Support and Protection Team, Trading Standards, Victim Support, Community Safety Wardens and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, are committed to take action against doorstep criminals.
The intention is to provide support and give confidence to residents to report crime of this nature. By working together we can reduce the number of opportunities that bogus workers and rogue traders have to take advantage of often vulnerable members of our communities.
A Police Scotland Tayside Division spokesperson said: “Again, we would urge residents to report any and every incident. The more information we have the better action we can take.
“The people responsible for this type of crime are very well practised in their approach and their patter. Be suspicious of anyone cold calling at your door offering to do work, or to fix a problem you have no prior knowledge of. If, for whatever reason, your suspicions are not satisfied, do not let that caller in. Shut the door and call the police.
“Help Police Scotland and our partners to keep you safe.”
Any person requiring an information pack entitled ‘See off Scams’ can contact the Community Safety Wardens in Dundee on 01382 436333.
More information can be found on the Police Scotland Website -http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/campaigns/2014/beat-doorstep-crime
Anyone with information that can assist police enquiries regards this kind of crime are encouraged to call 101, or speak to their local officer. Information can also be provided anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.