Police tackle doorstep crime

Police are seeking a man after the shop robbery on Sunday night. Picture: Police Scotland

Police are seeking a man after the shop robbery on Sunday night. Picture: Police Scotland

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As Operation Monarda launched again across Scotland this week, Tayside Division has been carrying out activity to crack down on doorstep crime.

Officers today (Friday) continued their week of action on doorstep crime with an information session advising homeowners on how not to be caught out.

Safer Communities Sergeant Rik Seivwright said: “This week we’ve had a number of officers dedicated to high visibility reassurance patrols in connection with Operation Monarda, an initiative to reduce, disrupt and detect bogus workmen and doorstep crime.

“Criminals can take the guise of cold callers, tradesmen, local authority staff or representatives from utility companies, with the purpose of stealing money or other items from unsuspecting residents, who are often some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.

“We want to encourage the reporting of these types of crimes. As part of a day of action, officers were deployed across Tayside on Wednesday (April 27) and as a result, a further two bogus caller crimes were identified in Scott Street and Elm Street, Dundee.

“A number of vehicle checks were carried out during the day to identify any potential vehicles involved in criminal or bogus workmen activity and during the operation a 23-year-old driver was charged in connection with road traffic, drug and weapon offences. He was expected to appear at Forfar Sheriff Court today (Thursday).

“Throughout the week our Road Policing Unit, the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency, Trading Standards, Community Safety Wardens and Community Safety Workers have supported the initiative. Over 500 businesses and vulnerable groups have been visited across Tayside to raise awareness and encourage the reporting of suspicious persons or incidents in connection with doorstep crime.

“We have listened you and the information you have provided so far has contributed significantly to our intelligence picture and we will continue to target criminals responsible for these crimes.

“Our initiative to reduce doorstep crime continues tomorrow (Friday, April 29) as representatives from Police Scotland, Trading Standards, Adult Protection and Community Safety will be located at the Upper Mall of the Overgate Centre, Dundee between 10am and 3pm to answer any queries or concerns you may have regarding doorstep crime.

“In addition, anyone who wishes to report incidents or provide information in relation to doorstep crime or bogus workmen is encouraged to Police Scotland on 101 or their local authority Trading Standards Department.

“Information can also be provided anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”