Pensioner targeted by crook in her home

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Police are urging residents to be on their guard after a man pretending to work for the council stole an elderly woman’s bank book from her home.

The man called at the woman’s home in Kelvin Drive in Chryston on Tuesday, January 28, at around 3.40pm. He said he worked for the council and was there to repair the roof.

Unfortunately, the woman allowed the man into her house where he stole her bank book before fleeing. The suspect is described as being aged between 30-49 and was wearing dark clothes and a dark hat.

Police Scotland have issued the following advice to help people be aware of bogus callers and what they can do.

Use the door viewer when answering the door.

Check identification badges of anyone calling at your door.

If you don’t know the person who is calling, and you’re not expecting them, don’t let them in.

If you have a password with a company make sure the caller uses it.

Never let people try to persuade you to let them into your home. If someone is persistent, ask them to call at another time and arrange for a friend or family member to be with you.

Never agree to pay for goods or give money to strangers who arrive at your door.

Don’t keep large amounts of money in your home.

If the person refuses to leave your door, dial 999 and ask for the police.

Remember, it’s your home. There’s no reason why anyone should ever enter your home against your wishes.

Anyone with information on the incident in Chryston can contact police on 101.