Stay safe at home

Alex Adrain, of our Community Improvement Partnership (CIP), explains how to tackle doorstep crime.

Bogus callers

Doorstep crime affects some of our most vulnerable tenants. It is carried out by what are often known as bogus callers.

These are people who will come to your door and claim to be someone they’re not to get into your home.

They could target anyone at any time, but they often focus on the over-60s. They’ll often pretend to be from us, a council department or a utility company.

What they want to do is steal your money and valuables.

We also know many doorstep criminals have connections with organised crime.

Police Scotland is committed to keeping people – and communities – safe from doorstep crime.

Follow these three simple steps to make sure you stay safe.

  • Think - Expecting someone? Only let callers in if they have an appointment or if you are expecting them.
  • Secure - Make sure you use your door chain or spy-hole before opening the door.
  • Question - Ask for identification and verify it by phone.

Remember - if in doubt, keep them out.

If you feel threatened, unsafe or suspicious of any caller, contact the police immediately on 999.

If you see something suspicious in your area, or you want more advice about doorstep crime, call 101.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Tuesday, June 06, 2017