Police launch doorstep crime campaign

Bogus Callers
Bogus Callers

The latest phase of Police Scotland’s campaign in eradicating the scourge of doorstep crime and bogus callers. was launched last week.

Operation Monarda raises awareness of a crime which impacts on the most vulnerable members of the community and often leaves victims too embarrassed to go to the police, fearing a loss of independence and facing financial uncertainty in the future.

This phase of the campaign focuses on protecting people with disabilities from doorstep crime and cold callers.

Doorstep crime occurs across Scotland, in every policing division, with more than 1000 incidents and 262 bogus caller crimes recorded between February and July 2015. Approximately £238,300 was taken from victims during this time.

Speaking at the national launch in Glasgow, Superintendent Ross Aitken (Safer Communities) said: “Doorstep crime affects some of the most vulnerable people within our communities, and victims are often targeted due to their perceived vulnerability. It is a despicable crime which all too often has a hugely detrimental effect on the life of victims.

“This campaign aims to raise awareness of this crime type and offer simple, yet effective advice to the public on how to avoid falling victim to it.

“There are two main types of doorstep crime, bogus callers and rogue traders. Both can be extremely convincing in how they present themselves.

“Bogus callers may try to get into your home or obtain personal details by pretending to be someone they’re not, such as a charity collector or meter reader. In reality, they are criminals trying to steal cash and valuables.

“Rogue traders will usually cold call, claiming to be workers offering to make repairs or carry out work on your house, garden or driveway. Basically, they charge inflated prices for substandard or unnecessary work.

“Finally, remember to look out for those in your community and report any suspicious activity immediately either by dialling 101 or 999 in an emergency.”