Warning after thief tries to sneak in back door in Bishopbriggs

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RESIDENTS have been warned to be extra vigilant after a man claiming to be from a power company tried to get into a Bishopbriggs house.

The 60-year-old householder, who is disabled, said a man called at her home in O’Neill Avenue, Bishopbriggs, and claimed he was from ScottishPower and wanted to read the meter.

The woman said: “I opened the window to speak to him. I told him the meter was outside, the same as the rest of the street. He asked ‘do you mind if I go round and check it?’

“I could hear him trying my side door and saw the handle move. He went away, but it was quite frightening.

The woman contacted ScottishPower, who told her the street had been ‘read’ that day, and that sometimes bogus callers follow meter readers on their rounds.

The woman added: “I also phoned the police. I want to make people aware this happened, especially if you do have a meter inside your house.”

The incident took place on Thursday, November 15, at around 6.30pm.

The woman described the man as being in his late 20s, early 30s and about 6ft tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a reflective jacket and had what looked like identification around his neck.

A spokesperson for ScottishPower said: “All our staff have identification with them and we would say to anybody who has doubts to keep them outside and check with ScottishPower. We have a Carefree scheme for disabled and vulnerable customers where a password is given to them so they can ask for it to be given when someone calls at their home.”

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