Bute police take part in national doorstep crime campaign

Police on Bute are visiting householders around the island to advise people to be on their guard against doorstep criminals.
Police on Bute are visiting householders around the island to advise people to be on their guard against doorstep criminals.

Police officers on Bute are visiting residential properties around the island this week as part of a national campaign aimed at driving down doorstep crime.

Beat Bogus Callers, which will run for two weeks, is the first campaign of its kind since the creation of the single service in April.

Officers on Bute are calling on householders around the island to advise them to be alert for the threat posed by bogus tradesmen, and what action to take if they believe they may have been affected by doorstep criminals.

Booklets and posters will offer advice on the precautions to take and what people should do if they become suspicious, and days of action will be held across the country, with police officers taking the time to talk to people about the campaign.

Superintendent Andrew Allan, Safer Communities, Police Scotland, said: “Doorstep criminals, like bogus callers and rogue traders, are cunning, creative and often very convincing. Anyone can be fooled by these despicable con artists, but the over 60s are often specifically targeted.

“Doorstep crime often has a really negative impact on a victim’s quality of life, which can impact on subsequent investigations and the person’s ability to access the criminal justice system. Many people become repeat victims.

“Since April 1, there have been almost six hundred reported cases of bogus callers across Scotland, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

“We hope this campaign will help provide people with the confidence they need to deal with those, they don’t know, who come knocking at their door.”

Colin Baxter, chair of SCOTSS (Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland), said: “By working together our respective agencies can maximise our impact on rogue traders who take advantage of the most vulnerable in our communities.

“Dedicated campaigns such as these are hugely important in terms of uncovering such behaviour and disrupting and deterring rogues from operating in our communities.”

Daniel Gray from Citizens Advice Scotland said: “Citizens Advice Scotland welcomes the opportunity to support this important Police Scotland campaign.

“It complements our own work in helping people that visit our Bureaux having been victims of scamming, and in raising awareness of the types of scams out there in our communities.”