Residents raise concerns at roadshow over bogus callers

East Dunbartonshire Council.  Community Protection Roadshow. Bishopbriggs Library. 3.9.15
East Dunbartonshire Council. Community Protection Roadshow. Bishopbriggs Library. 3.9.15

Members of the public in Bishopbriggs and Torrance voiced their concern over bogus callers to police at a special community roadshow.

The event, in Bishopbriggs Library, was the third of eight roadshows planned between August and October to inform the public about new local community protection arrangements.

East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “In Bishopbriggs North, bogus callers are a significant issue for many elderly and vulnerable people.

“The roadshow gave officers an opportunity to listen to these concerns and offer advice on dealing with doorstep callers.

“Residents should always be wary of uninvited callers who come knocking and offer to carry out any form of home improvement work such as reroofing, landscaping, driveway repairs and guttering.

“Neighbours of the elderly or vulnerable should also be vigilant.

“They should contact Trading Standards or the police immediately if they suspect that a neighbour is being targeted.”

As well as bogus callers, local residents raised a variety of topics with officers at the roadshow, including scams, the Truecall project, and licensing issues.

During the day, police reported three vehicles for speeding and community safety issued six penalty charge notices for parking offences - one issued during school patrols.

Joint mobile bogus caller patrols made five trader stops and poor compliance levels were found in respect of legal requirements relating to cancellation rights.

Chief Inspector Craig Smith said: “This was a great opportunity for us to meet with Bishopbriggs residents and listen to any concerns.

“We were then able to work together with our partners at East Dunbartonshire Council to address these local issues and demonstrate the benefits of our new co-production agreement, where we are able to keep people safe by working together.”

The next roadshow is at Kessington Hall, Bearsden on September 17, at 9am.

This will be followed by one at St Machan’s Church, Main Street, Lennoxtown during the morning and Cowgate, Kirkintilloch in the afternoon.

The remaining two roadshows will be at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre on Thursday, October 1 from 9am and Hillhead Community Centre on October 8.