Bogus Callers – The Red Card scheme

Bogus Caller Campaign
Lothian and Borders Police and their partner agencies are launching a new campaign in West Lothian to target doorstep criminals.

The two-week police-led initiative, which runs from Mon 19 March until Mon 2 April is aimed at bringing rogue traders and bogus callers currently operating in the county to justice.

Officials from West Lothian Council, NHS Lothian and Adult Protection Services will join Community Officers to safeguard elderly and vulnerable members of the public from falling victim to crime within their homes.

Local police will visit senior citizen groups and clubs within West Lothian and give presentations on bogus callers and rogue traders, to help communities identify suspicious individuals or incidents in their area.

Red ‘No doorstep callers’ sticker can be can be stuck to the inside of a front window.

Showing cold callers the Red Card makes it clear they will not be tolerated, while letting the householder avoid embarrassment or confrontation.

Contact your local crime prevention officer on 0131 311 3131 to find out if a Red Card scheme is running in your area.

What is a bogus caller? 
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. However, the over 60s are often specifically targeted.

Bogus callers may try to get into your home by pretending to be council officials, representatives from gas, electricity or water companies, or even by claiming to be police officers. In reality, they are crooks trying to steal cash and valuables.

Rogue traders claim to be workmen offering to make repairs or carry out household maintenance. In reality, they charge inflated prices for shoddy or unnecessary work.

However, doorstep crime is easy to prevent. By saying ‘No’ to cold callers, you can vastly reduce your chance of being targeted.

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