Doorstep crime_Mar2015

20 March 2015

We are supporting a campaign by Police Scotland to tackle doorstep crime in Scotland.

Criminals involved in this kind of offence often have very cunning, creative and convincing ways of getting in to your home or obtaining your personal details.

Anyone can be fooled by these professional con artists but it’s often the over 60s who are specifically targeted.

We hope this new campaign, which launched in Edinburgh today (20th March), will help to encourage more people to spot and report doorstep criminals.

What is doorstep crime?

  • Bogus callers who try to get in to your home or obtain personal details by pretending to be someone they’re not.
  • Rogue traders who usually cold-call claiming to be workers offering to make repairs or carry out work to your home and garden.

What can you do?

  • Be on guard if someone you don’t know turns up on your door unexpectedly
  • Use a door chain or bar and keep it on while talking to unknown visitors
  • Most importantly IF IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT

Angela Parker, National Manager for Crimestoppers Scotland, said: “We are committed to help beating doorstep crime across Scotland.

“This type of crime often targets vulnerable and older people, so if you have information on who is responsible you can contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or give information via our Anonymous Online Form.”