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Stay safe at home – campaign to raise awareness of doorstep crime


By Andrew Dixon

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Crimestoppers campaign.
Crimestoppers campaign.

Crimestoppers Scotland has warned of doorstep crime in a campaign aimed at empowering people to stay safe in their homes.

The charity says doorstep criminals are cunning, creative, and often very convincing at targeting people – especially bogus callers and rogue traders.

Angela Parker, national manager for Scotland at Crimestoppers, said: “Our charity believes everyone has the right to feel safe wherever they live, especially in their own home and at this time.

"Doorstep criminals often target older people who live alone and while many legitimate companies use doorstep selling, sadly fraudsters also use this technique. The emotional and financial upset this causes often devastates the victim, so we are encouraging people to speak up and stay safe. Remember, it’s your home. There’s no reason why anyone should ever enter against your wishes.

“If you know or suspect who is involved in doorstep crime, scams or fraud you can speak to our independent charity 100 per cent anonymously. When you contact our charity, we won’t judge or ask any personal details. All we want to know is what you know."

Minister for community safety Ash Denham said: “This campaign by Crimestoppers will not only raise awareness of doorstep crime, it will provide valuable information and reassurance at a time when people are relying on advice from trusted sources.

“I’d encourage everyone to share this with their neighbours and loved ones to help keep our communities safe."

Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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