Guard against bogus callers

Tayside Police is again asking householders to be on their guard against bogus callers and rogue traders who may be operating in their area.

The call comes after an elderly couple in Arbroath had a credit card disappear from their home and several thousand pounds rapidly vanish from their bank account over a weekend where they were paid a visit by a man offering to cut their hedge.

The Tarry Road residents were cold called on Friday, June 6. The 84-year-old woman at the address answered her door to a young man, described as being in his teens or early 20s, five feet ten inches tall, slim, with short dark brown hair.

He offered to cut the hedge for £50 but left after a short time stating he would be back to finish the job another day. He came back on Sunday afternoon and after being shown into the garden, demanded more money to finish the job. The householder refused and the man left.

On Monday, June 11, the resident’s bank called regards activity on her account. A large number of transactions running into thousands of pounds had been made on her account during Sunday and Monday. She looked for her purse and it was missing.

Claire Taylor, Angus Divisional Crime Prevention Officer said: “If you see any suspicious persons in your area or callers at your door, note as accurate a description of them and their vehicles and direction of travel if known.

“These individuals invariably target elderly and more vulnerable members of the community. Please look out for older relatives or residents in your street. If you see suspicious persons or vehicles report it to us immediately.”

Angus Neighbourhood Watch is actively targeting doorstep crime by creating “No Cold Calling” areas. If you are interested in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch or require further information contact your local Community Officer.

Anyone who has information that cold help to trace those responsible for this wicked crime to contact the Force on 0300 111 2222.