Crackdown on bogus callers

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A POLICE campaign to crack down on bogus callers and workmen operating in the Borders been relaunched this week.

After the success of Operation Guard last year, the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team and Lothian and Borders Police have joined forces again with partners for the initiative.

As part of the campaign, police have successfully piloted the Nominated Neighbour Scheme in Peeblesshire, and a No Cold Calling Zone in Berwickshire, with a view to introducing them throughout the region.

The Nominated Neighbour Scheme links up two neighbours, so that when an unexpected caller arrives, they can be redirected to the nominated neighbour who will verify their details, and if authorised, will return and supervise any work.

A No Cold Calling Zone is an area with signs up making it clear cold callers are not welcome.

If any cold callers visit the area, police will contact them later and explain they are not welcome. Police claim most bogus callers will not try to go into these zones.

Multi-agency road checks are being carried out across the region with the aim of sending out a clear message to criminals that bogus callers should stay out of the Borders.

Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, Safer Communities Team Manager, said: “We need everyone to stay vigilant and the message is simple – if in doubt, keep them out.

“In some cases just using a door chain and checking identity could be enough to deter would-be criminals.

“With the support of our communities we can continue to keep the Scottish Borders a safe place to live, work and visit.”