Fresh offensive against doot-to-door crooks in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs

ON PATROL: Sergeant Gavin Tuohy, trading standards officer Kevin Fergusson, Councillor Ashay Ghai and Sergeant Alan Ferris.
ON PATROL: Sergeant Gavin Tuohy, trading standards officer Kevin Fergusson, Councillor Ashay Ghai and Sergeant Alan Ferris.

WAR is being declared on bogus callers and rogue traders by police and trading standards officers.

A year-long action plan was launched by Strathclyde Police and East Dunbartonshire Council earlier this month.

The initiative, which includes high profile patrols, aims to target the cruel conmen and women who prey on the elderly and vulnerable.

The first patrols have taken place in Kirkintilloch, Lenzie and Bishopbriggs.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, East Dunbartonshire Council’s convener of housing and community services, said: “Our scheme to catch bogus workers is going well.

“Our trading standards officers have been hosting talks with various groups within the local community and will also be speaking to the East Dunbartonshire Carers Group within the next few weeks.”

Councillor Ghai said there had been a rise in the number of calls from members of the public since the scheme started, and urged people to report anything suspicious.

He added: “Even if it is to report a number plate or the make and model of a vehicle, it all helps in catching these criminals and securing the safety of older people and the vulnerable within our society.”

Trading standards officers and police will have an information stall at Kirkintilloch Canal Festival this Sunday (August 26) at the police station, from 11am to 4pm.

Meanwhile, Kirkintilloch Police say they have received complaints from residents about people using ‘forceful’ selling tactics and have issued the following advice:

* Keep doors locked, use a door chain/door viewer

* Keep cash and valuables out of sight

* Always check identification cards, use passwords with legitimate companies

* If in doubt – keep them out, and report suspicious activity.

* If anyone has any information or concerns they can call Trading Standards on 0141 578 8813, the police on 0141 532 4400 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.