Homes in Scottish Borders may have been targeted by bogus workers

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Police have warned householders to be on their guard against cold-calling conmen, writes bob Burgess

It follows seven incidents in which suspected bogus workmen offered to carry out roof repairs to properties in Hawick, Kelso, Darnick, and Melrose.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police at Hawick stated: “I would encourage occupiers who are receiving unsolicited callers to their property, to take the time to note a description of the individual and note down the registration number of any unfamiliar vehicles parked nearby.

“They should also consider if they really need any work carried out to their property. Should they believe work is required, we would advise them to contact known local tradesmen and receive quotations for the works required, prior to commencement”.

And the spokesman added: “I would also stress to the occupier not to let these people into their house, and would encourage them to contact the police as soon as possible. Local officers will then investigate and check the circumstances out.

“Similarly, I would ask neighbours to look out for their elderly and vulnerable living nearby and report any concerns to police”.

•Anyone with concerns regarding bogus workers should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 01450 375051, or through the charity Crimestoppers, in confidence and with complete anonymity, on 0800 555 111.