Police Scotland is reminding householders to be aware of ‘cold callers’ who may offer to do work at their premises.
It follows a number of reports during the afternoon of Tuesday July 29 in the Sandend area of Aberdeenshire, of a male attending at the homes of elderly persons claiming to be from the Council. The male was then given access to the addresses and proceeded to enter the loft spaces under the pretence of being there to carry out work.
Police Scotland is keen to gain any information on any person or persons who may be responsible.
PC Philip Duncan, based at Banff, said
This individual is targeting vulnerable persons in the Sandend area and I would remind local residents that if approached by people claiming to be from the Council, or any other organisation, that they should ask for identification or business cards before allowing them into their property.
Police Scotland urge householders to heed the following advice
- Don’t agree to any work on the basis of a verbal quote
- If you need work done, obtain written quotes from a number of reputable companies
- Whatever you do, don’t agree to be taken down to the bank to withdraw money
- If you feel intimidated by a caller, close the door and call the Police
- Warn any elderly neighbours and relatives about the risks of these people, and if possible notify your local Neighbourhood Watch contacts if you suspect they are operating in your area.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.