Wider Proactive warning for residents in the Highlands and Islands regarding Bogus Workmen

Issued by POLICE SCOTLAND - Highland and Islands Division

Following the report of a vulnerable man being targeted by bogus workmen in Inverness, Police Scotland wish to issue advice and a warning to members of the public in the Highlands and Islands. 

 Detective Chief Inspector Michael Sutherland said: "It is concerning to hear of this incident where a vulnerable member of our community has been targeted. In order to avoid any further instances of this kind we want all members of communities in the Highlands and Islands to report any suspected activity of bogus workmen in their area.''If you receive any leaflets through your door or suspect there are bogus workmen operating in your area please make police aware.

"We rely heavily on information from the public and want to send a proactive message out to the public before any further crimes take place.

"Please bear in mind all your elderly friends and family and pass advice to them. We know that these criminals target the elderly and vulnerable in their homes.

"As stated previously, householders should take care when entering into a contract with workmen. Be clear about what work you would like carried out and the amount of money you will be required to pay at the end of the work.

"If you feel you have been pressurized into any contract please make police or trading standards aware."

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Police Scotland on 101, Trading Standards on 01463 228 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.
22 Apr 2016
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