Doorstop crime: What can you do?

A national campaign hopes to stop doorstop crime Credit: PA

People are being urged to be vigilant for bogus workmen this summer.

Police Scotland are working with Trading Standards Officers as part of a national campaign to stop doorstop crime.

Doorstop crime can be anyone trying to get your personal details or get into your home by pretending they are someone they're not, for example a police officer, council staff or a meter reader. Rogue traders often cold-call and will probably overcharge you for poor or unnecessary work.

People are being advised to:

  • Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly
  • Use a door chain or bar
  • Always put the chain on before opening the door
  • Keep it on while talking to callers
  • Don’t feel embarrassed - genuine callers expect you to be careful
  • If you don’t have a door chain, check from the nearest window. Remember, door chains can be easily fitted
  • If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door

Police have launched a 'Nominated Neighbour Scheme' which aims to give local support to hose who do not want to answer their doors.

More information on this scheme can be found here.

If you are suspicious of a caller, contact the police.

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