A new crackdown on unlicensed tradesmen and bogus callers has been launched with the aim of stamping out ‘doorstep crime’.
The Forth Valley Division of Police Scotland is working alongside Trading Standards as part of a nationwide campaign that has already led to a number of arrrests.
Last week two men were charged with operating an unlicensed window cleaning business in Stenhousemuir, and cops have warned that others are in their sights.
Superintendent Gus MacPherson said: “Doorstep crime can affect anyone within our local communities, but we are aware that the over-60s in particular can be targeted due to a perceived vulnerability.
“Those who commit such crimes, like bogus callers and rogue traders, are extremely convincing in how they approach and interact with potential victims. Anyone can be convinced by the lies these criminals create.
“We know that there is a significant amount of under-reporting of this crime type, with individuals either not being aware that they have been subject to a crime, or feeling embarrassed to tell someone.
“Police Scotland and all our partner agencies hope that this campaign will increase awareness amongst communities of this despicable crime and give confidence in being able to deal with those who cold-call at their door.”
A spokesman for Trading Standards said: “We welcome the launch of the campaign today and fully support its aims to beat doorstep crime.
“Doorstep crime remains the number one priority for Trading Standards services in Scotland and we are committed to working with our partners to tackle this unscrupulous crime.”
For more information, call Police Scotland on the non-emergency number 101 or visit www.scotland.police.uk.