Watch out for door-to-door crooks in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs

LENZIE Union Parish Church. Launch of Bogus Caller crackdown. community police sergeant Gavin Tuohi and Sergeant Alan Ferris Kevin Ferguson, from Trading Standards, and Cllr Ashay Ghai'7/8/12'Photo Emma Mitchell
LENZIE Union Parish Church. Launch of Bogus Caller crackdown. community police sergeant Gavin Tuohi and Sergeant Alan Ferris Kevin Ferguson, from Trading Standards, and Cllr Ashay Ghai'7/8/12'Photo Emma Mitchell

POLICE have renewed a warning for residents to be on their guard against rogue traders and bogus callers.

There have been several complaints made to police recently about forceful salesmen targeting households across East Dunbartonshire.

While no crime has been committed in these cases, police are still eager to remind people of a few simple steps they can take to stop the cold callers in their tracks.

A spokesperson for Kirkintilloch Police said: “Bogus Callers may be smartly dressed and could be wearing some form of uniform.

“They may claim to be from official organisations such as water, gas or electricity. They aim to talk their way into your home to see what they can steal so never keep large sums of money in your home.

“Bogus Callers can also turn up as builders or gardeners and often offer urgent repair works. They can ask for money upfront and may even take you to the bank to pay for substandard works.

“Once paid, they can disappear whether works are completed or not and may return at a later date with the same scam, so do not agree to works offered on your doorstep.”

Other ways to ensure you don’t become a victim include:

- Keeping 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

If you think you may have been targeted by a bogus caller call Kirkintilloch Police on 0141 532 400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111.

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