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Doorstep Crime Incident

Alert message sent 13/05/2019 12:50:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland


The following information is being circulated on behalf of Police Scotland

On Thursday 9th May an incident occurred within Camelon (Falkirk Council area) whereby a male person has persuaded an elderly female that he required a sum of money prior to completing some repairs / replacement of a boundary fence. 

The male suspect advised the victim that a neighbour had paid half the money but he required the full amount in order for him to purchase the materials.  The male entered the victim’s home where he was given in excess of £500.

The victim is 90 years of age.

The male suspect thereafter left the area in a Silver /Grey coloured transit van with roof ladders on top.

The suspect is described as late 40’s / early 50’s, stocky build, black / silver hair, local accent and wearing working style clothing.

Advice
 
  • If you have one, always use a door chain prior to answering the door.
 
  • Always check who is at the door, either by looking through a window or using your spyhole.
 
  • Do not engage with any cold callers wishing to carry out work on your property.
 
  • Do not agree to any work being carried out, if you feel uncomfortable ask them to re attend when a family member can be present.
 
  • Never allow any unknown persons access to your home.
 
  • Always ask for identification. 
 
  • If you do not have a scheduled appointment do not allow them into your home.

For more information on how to protect yourself, your family, friends and neighbours from bogus callers please click the following link: -
https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/doorstep-crime-and-bogus-callers

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 20190509-1692 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
 
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Varrie McDevitt (NHWN, Admin Assistant, NW Scotland)

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