Police in Angus are again warning about doorstep crime after a bogus workman claiming to be from the water board attended at an address in Clova Avenue, Arbroath at about 11.45am on Tuesday morning (February 2).
Whilst within the property he stole a two-figure sum of cash. He is described as being about 40-50-years-old, about five feet six inches tall, of medium build. He was wearing a black-coloured tammy hat and black glasses. He was also wearing a dark-coloured jacket, grey trousers and was clean shaven.
Criminals who commit doorstep crime are very convincing, believable and take advantage of the most vulnerable and trusting people our communities. They will try to get into your home or obtain personal details by pretending to be someone they’re not. They may come to your address and stating that they need to carry out meter readings or collect money for charity. They may say they are from utility companies or that they are tradespersons or are on local authority business. In reality bogus callers are criminals trying to steal cash and valuables.
Remember, utility companies can set up a ‘personal password’ before they visit. They’ll say your password when they call round at your address so you’ll know it’s safe to let them into your home. Ask your utility company about this service.
You should also consider contacting your local council’s Trading Standards department to see if they can provide a list of accredited tradespeople.
If someone attends at your door unexpectedly be alert. If you have a door chain make sure it is secured before opening the door and keep it on while talking to callers. If you don’t have a door chain, check who is at the door from the nearest window. If you have a security spy-hole; use it to check who is at your door. Always ask for identification but remember they can be faked and shouldn’t be relied upon on their own. In addition, don’t assume a caller is genuine because they are wearing a uniform. If you have any doubts at all, tell the caller to come back when someone else is home. Don’t feel embarrassed, genuine callers won’t mind rearranging.
Please look out for your neighbours and report any concerns you may have to police. Police Scotland work closely with partner agencies to tackle these offenders and you can help your neighbours by becoming part of the Nominated Neighbour scheme. Further information can be found on the Police Scotland website at http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/campaigns/2015/beat-doorstep-crime.
Anyone who has information that could assist officers with their enquiries into these incidents should contact Police Scotland on 101. Anyone who has any concerns about suspicious activity or persons in their area is also asked to contact Police Scotland. In an emergency contact 999.