Police send out message on scammers

A campaign to make people across the Borders aware of scammers such as bogus workmen is underway, writes Bob Burgess.

Code named Operation Mondara it is speardheaded by Police Scotland backed by other agencies including the councils trading standards officers.

Police have met with Age Scotland volunteers and today an officer is attending the Kelso Women’s Together group. On Sunday an officer will visit Celebrate Silver Sunday at Langlee Community Centre in Galashiels.

Tomorrow they’ll work with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Inspector John Scott told us: “Doorstep crime is an ongoing problem which impacts on families and homes across the Borders and Scotland.”

He went on: “It is an unfortunate fact that many of the victims targeted by bogus callers are elderly and we are committed to doing all we can to trace and arrest those responsible.

“This type of crime has real impact in the Borders and we are encouraging members of the community to look out for neighbours and be prepared to challenge those who are working in gardens or are cold calling at doors. Genuine businesses will be willing to provide identification and information on the type of work they are doing.”

The inspector added: “We will not tolerate any criminal activity which deliberately targets the vulnerable members of our communities.

“Anyone involved in this behaviour can expect to be robustly dealt with by Police Scotland.

“We would encourage communities to consider setting up No Cold Caller Zones, which have proved very successful across the Borders in preventing this type of crime.”