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Alert message sent 14/03/2019 13:12:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

The following information was recently circulated by Police Scotland

Police in North Ayrshire 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 of Irvine Police Office said: “We would encourage everyone to be vigilant and not to deal with uninvited cold callers at your home. These criminals can be very convincing and often they specifically target the elderly or vulnerable members of our communities.

“Bogus callers try to get into your home or obtain personal details by pretending to be someone they’re not, including council staff, charity collectors, meter readers and police officers. In reality, they are criminals trying to steal money and valuables.

“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 before answering the door.
- 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: https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/doorstep-crime-and-bogus-callers

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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