Bogus Workmen Incidents Galashiels And Selkrk
Incidents involving cold callers offering garden work have been reported to us in Selkirk on 17/05 and Galashiels on 20/05. The Galashiels incident resulted in man being arrested for questioning and both incidents have been reported to local Trading Standards.
From bogus callers to rogue traders, doorstep criminals are cunning, creative, and often very convincing. Anyone can be fooled as these people are professional con artists
Bogus callers and rogue traders may offer to carry out property repairs or garden maintenance or are selling goods door to door.
We DO NOT recommend engaging with any doorstep cold-callers selling goods or services, please call police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency) to report.
Please look out for any vulnerable neighbours potentially being targeted by doorstep callers and always report any suspicious vehicles or callers to us immediately by phoning 101 or 999 in an emergency. Note as much detail as possible including descriptions of callers, vehicle type, colour, registration number and direction of travel.
Bogus callers will travel significant distances to commit this type of crime and tend to target the more vulnerable in our communities.
For further information on how to protect yourself, family and neighbours visit our Doorstep Crime and Bogus Callers page on the Police Scotland website.
For any community interested in introducing a No Cold Calling Zone in their area please contact your local community beat officer via 101.
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