Patrol will target door step criminals

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A Police Scotland campaign to give elderly or vulnerable people the confidence to shut out uninvited callers ended today (Friday) with a joint patrol.

The ‘Safer Communities’ campaign was launched on Monday, September 9, and was designed to help reduce the instances of door step crime, to mark the end of the campaign police officers and Angus Council Trading Standards officers will be working together to actively deter and disrupt their activities.

Since April 1 there have been approximately 600 reported cases of bogus callers throughout Scotland.

Bogus callers are those who attempt to gain entry to your property using a false identity in order to steal while bogus tradesmen offer a variety of services with a cheap quote only to inflate the bill exorbitantly at a later date or even fail to complete the work.

For further information and advice on doorstep crime contact your local Community Police Officer, crime prevention officer at 01307 475978 or Angus Council Trading Standards on 01241 435600.

Anyone who has information regarding bogus workmen or door step crime can contact Tayside Division on 101. Details such as vehicle registration numbers and descriptions of the individuals involved are invaluable. People can also call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also get alerts about scams in your area, and advice on how to avoid them, by following @ScamFreeAngus on Twitter.