Who could be so cruel?

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milngavie precinct,launch of multi-agency bogus caller strategy'13/5/11'em

A FRAIL 89-year-old has had her savings stolen by a heartless thief.

The pensioner was at home when a man called claiming to be a council worker – telling her that her bank cards needed to be renewed.

He asked the elderly lady to hand over the cards and her PIN numbers, insisting he would return them to her.

However, he promptly went to a cash machine and withdrew a large amount of cash – thought to be in the hundreds.

The crime took place on Tuesday, May 17, in Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs.

Kirkintilloch CID are currently carrying out enquiries and have appealed for information.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod has condemned the despicable theft.

She said: “‘It is so upsetting when you hear of such horrible targeting of our vulnerable neighbours despite all the advice and campaigns by the police and other authorities.

“Perhaps one of the best things we can do is be good neighbours and keep a kindly eye open.”

Police are reminding all members of the public to be vigilant in terms of bogus callers preying on the elderly and vulnerable.

Officers say thieves won’t go to the trouble of breaking in if they can just knock and be invited in, so always be on guard when anyone you’re not expecting turns up at your door.

Bogus officials may be smartly dressed and claim to be from local council or from one of the utility services. Their aim is to talk their way into your home to see what they can steal.

PC Siobhan McCandlish, crime prevention officer, East Dunbartonshire, said: ”Often the victims are the most vulnerable in the community. We would urge anyone with information on those carrying out this kind of crime or who sees

anything suspicious to report it to the police as soon as possible or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Police advise that you should always keep doors locked and use your door chain/door viewer if you have one.

Keep cash and valuables out of sight, and don’t keep large sums of money within your home.

Always ask for identification. If you are not happy that the caller is there for genuine reasons ask them to leave.

Don’t accept the offer of repairs or works to be carried out by any cold callers. Neighbours are asked to keep an eye out.