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LEAVE “despicable” crooks out in the cold – that’s the plea to people in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and beyond.

Police and council officers have joined forces to crack down on bogus callers.

The move follows a spate of incidents across the district – some of which have seen vulnerable and often elderly members of the community conned out of large sums of cash.

The ‘Close Your Door to Bogus Callers’ campaign aims to raise awareness and offer practical advice to those who could be targeted by callous conmen.

Chief Inspector Brian McInulty, based at Kirkintilloch Police Office, told the Herald: “This type of offence is despicable. Victims are frequently the elderly or vulnerable.

“Often items that are stolen are of great sentimental value rather than monetary and are therefore irreplaceable to the victim.”

Clive Lewis from East Dunbartonshire Council’s Trading Standards said people should check that salesmen, utility staff and traders are genuine.

He said: “They will have identification badges on them and will be more than happy to show them. You should not hesitate in keeping someone on the doorstep whilst checking they are who they say they are.

“Companies will always be happy to confirm details.

“Our advice is to always use door chains, check who the caller is and confirm their identity. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.”