Results of campaign against doorstep crime prove to be successful

Issued by Police Scotland

Following a campaign against doorstep crime, police in the Highlands and Islands can confirm that bogus workmen were stopped and prevented from carrying out further works, and a woman was arrested by police and subsequently remanded in custody after both incidents saw elderly residents targeted in their own homes. The two incidents both occurred in the Inverness area.

As part of the week-long campaign an estimated £1500 was saved by consumers through actions by police and partner agencies.

On Friday 18 April 2014, officers stopped 36 works vehicles resulting in two drivers found to be driving without insurance, one driving with no license, three fixed penalty notices issued and one vehicle seized.

Crimes of this nature can affect anyone in the community but elderly people can be particularly vulnerable and police would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to Police Scotland on 101.

The campaign, which ended on Friday 18 April, was a national campaign to tackle bogus callers and rogue traders.

Police Scotland worked with partner agencies such as trading standards officers to highlight the issue, educate the public on the types of crimes and take enforcement action against doorstep criminals.


28 Apr 2014