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Bogus callers and doorstep crime campaign and advice stalls
A national campaign to raise awareness about bogus callers and doorstep crime has been launched this week by Police Scotland.
Officers from Aberdeen City Division, Police Scotland, will be working together with Trading Standards to carry out prevention and enforcement action throughout the three week operation.
Members of the public will also have the opportunity to speak with staff from Police Scotland and Trading Standards at stalls in Bon Accord and Union Square shopping centres. The public will be able to get advice on what to do and not to do if approached by a suspected bogus caller. Additionally, information will be available for the public about their rights if they are cold called at home and people offer to carry out work on driveways, gardens, and guttering for example.
The stalls will be at the Bon Accord Centre between 12pm and 3pm on Wednesday, 11 September and at Union Square between 4pm to 7pm on Thursday, 12 September. Members of the public will also be able to speak with officers about personal and home safety.
Officers from the Crime Reduction Unit will also be visiting vulnerable members of the community to give advice, including reminders to check the identity of sales people coming to the door and not to let people into your home.
Aberdeen City Council Trading Standards team leader Graeme Paton said: "Along with our Police Scotland colleagues, we are eager to make consumers aware of how they can deal with doorstep callers and what their rights are if they do. These stalls at Union Square and the Bon Accord Centre will give consumers the opportunity to get this information from us first hand."
Inspector Jim Hume said: "We will be working closely with our partners throughout the campaign to provide safety advice to members of the public. We believe that incidents involving bogus callers are often under-reported and so we are keen to raise awareness of this issue and the steps that can be taken if you are contacted by someone you suspect to be a bogus caller. It is important that people know what their rights are to try and prevent them from being drawn in to difficult situations and potentially the victims of crime."