'If In Doubt, Keep Them Out' - Police urge the public to watch out for bogus callers

Police give the message 'if in doubt, keep them out' to residents.
Police give the message 'if in doubt, keep them out' to residents.

Police Scotland is urging people in the North East to continue to watch out for bogus callers and workmen at their doors offering their services for excessive amounts of money.

With the Summer months still here opportunistic doorstep criminals will be using this prime time to offer their services, and officers are particularly warning of people offering to do unnecessary roofing work.

In recent months officers have been alerted to several incidents in both Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire where vulnerable people have been targeted.

As part of proactive Operation Monarda officers are continuing to urge family and friends of potential victims to be aware of the warning signs such as suspicious activity at their loved ones homes, excessive attention from workmen or unusual amounts of money disappearing.

They are also reminding people to continue to tell Police about suspicious callers at their doors or if they think they have been a victim of a bogus caller.

Chief Inspector, Partnerships, Kevin Wallace said: "Doorstep crime often affects the most vulnerable members of our society, with the victims of bogus callers and doorstep crime often unaware a crime has been, or is being, committed.

"Doorstep crime can affect anyone but we know that the elderly can be particularly vulnerable. Bogus callers and rogue traders can be extremely convincing in their methods in securing the confidence of potential victims and, sadly, many people are convinced by their lies.

"When victims realise that they have been scammed they often feel embarrassed by what has happened, and feel they are unable to go to the Police. I cannot begin to explain the devastation caused and the massive impact it can have on their financial circumstances.

"I must urge the public to be extra cautious when it comes to suspicious callers at their door and would also send out a strong message to those who choose to target victims that it will not be tolerated. Ask for identification and don't be afraid of asking questions.

"We are committed to working with our partners to put an end to this type of crime and I would urge anyone who has close contact with potential victims to watch out for suspicious callers or people at their doors, or any suspicious amounts of money disappearing.

"It is important to pass on advice to friends, neighbours or family members who may be more likely to be targeted and provide them with the information and confidence to say no.

"Operation Monarda drives home the message 'If In Doubt, Keep Them Out', and I could not agree more. People have the right to feel safe in their own homes."