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Alert message sent 24/05/2019 11:54:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

The following information has recently been circulated by Police Scotland

Following a number of recent incidents police are encouraging local residents to remain vigilant and to look out for potential bogus callers attending at the home addresses of vulnerable neighbours.

PC Johnson, Preventions and Interventions Officer for North Ayrshire: “Bogus callers take many guises and often impersonate legitimate workman from the Water Board, Gas companies etc. These criminals can be very convincing and often specifically target the elderly or vulnerable members of our communities.”

“Our advice is simple - just politely say no and close your door.”

“We are asking everyone to follow our doorstep safety advice, to please look out for neighbours, pass this information to family and friends, and to report anything that appears suspicious.”

To protect yourself from doorstep crime:

- Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly.
- Keep front and back doors locked.
- Use the door viewer or a nearby window when answering the door.
- Fit a door chain or bar – use it and keep it on when talking to callers at the door.
- If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door.
- Don’t feel embarrassed - genuine callers expect you to be careful.
- Only let callers in if they have an appointment and you have confirmed they are genuine.
- Always ask for identification badges of anyone you answer the door to, but don’t rely on them. Identity cards can be faked – phone the company to verify their identity.

Further information and guidance is available on the Police Scotland website at:

Suspicious activity and criminality should be reported immediately to Police Scotland by calling 101 (in an emergency always dial 999).

Information on those involved in doorstep crime can be passed to Police Scotland or to the independent charity CrimeStoppers by calling 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.
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Varrie McDevitt (NHWN, Admin Assistant, NW Scotland)

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