First Scotland East team up with Police Scotland for national Door Step Crime awareness campaign
Police in Forth Valley teamed up with First Bus today (Wednesday 23 May) to promote Operation Monarda – Police Scotland’s national campaign aimed at tackling bogus callers and doorstep crime.
Officers are working alongside partners and local communities in efforts to warn the public about bogus callers and doorstep crime, and offer advice on how to prevent falling victim.
Four officers travelled on two First Bus services in the Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannan areas. Passengers had the opportunity to speak with officers about doorstep crime and were offered advice on how to identify and deter fraudulent callers.
Superintendent Maggie Pettigrew of Police Scotland’s Forth Valley Police Division said: “We know that doorstep crime can affect anyone and can leave victims feeling extremely distressed and vulnerable.
“The public are reminded that they are under no obligation to allow someone into their home if they aren’t comfortable in doing so.
“Bogus callers often turn up at your door unannounced and people are entitled to question the legitimacy of the company or an individual before agreeing to goods or services.
“Through this activity we want to ensure that the public report any suspicious behaviour to us so that we can investigate all reports thoroughly. Prevention is key to deterring fraudsters and I would ask that our message is shared with friends and relatives.
“People can often feel embarrassed or ashamed if it happens to them but I would stress that the public should not hesitate to contact us if they witness, or experience, this type of criminality.
First Scotland East’s Depot Operations Manager, Jason Hackett said: “We are pleased to take part in such a vital campaign that aims to protect the members of the community that we serve.
“We are delighted to welcome officers from Police Scotland onto our services to interact with our customers and help raise awareness of this type of crime in a bid to prevent it happening in the future.”
Those who have information regarding doorstep crime in their area can contact Police Scotland on 101, or report this anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Further information on Operation Monarda is available on our website at www.scotland.police.uk