BE extra vigilant – that’s the warning from police after reports that bogus charity collectors are operating in several villages.
A van was seen collecting bags from outside homes in Cardowan Road in Stepps on Monday, January 14.
A member of the public reported that two men were seen to place a transferable cancer charity sticker onto the side of the van.
A similar van was also reported to have been seen operating in the Millerston, Muirhead and Chryston areas throughout the day.
Police enquiries have confirmed that no cancer charity vans were operating in the areas during this time.
Constable Michael Duffy, of Cumbernauld Police Office, said: “Charitable organisations rely very heavily on the generosity shown by the public. It is unfortunate that there are people out there who are more than happy to steal from these charities.
“My advice would be to check the collection day noted on the bag before leaving it at your door. Householders should not be embarrassed to ask collectors to identify themselves as they collect clothing. Being proactive within our communities is a good way of deterring perpetrators and preventing crime.”
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