Cops arrest suspected bogus callers in Bearsden

POLICE swooped on two alleged bogus callers who are reported to have targeted elderly people in Bearsden.

Last Friday, December 28, officers detained two men from the Falkirk area aged 26 and 32, following two incidents in Drymen Road and Thomson Drive.

Extra patrols have now been been put in place throughout the area.

Inspector Donald Leitch of Milngavie Police said: “The arrest of these individuals is an excellent result in terms of targeting bogus callers in East Dunbartonshire.

“This is a particularly nasty crime and I can assure everyone that we will maintain our additional patrols in the Bearsden and Milngavie areas and continue to pro-actively target this type of individual.”

Police said Vigilance is the key when dealing with bogus callers, who may be smartly dressed and could be wearing a uniform and claiming to be from an official organisation.

The main aim of the criminals is to talk their way into peoples’ homes to see what they can steal.

Other advice from the police includes not to keep large sums of money in your home and not to hand money over for work before it is done, no matter how urgent the work may apparently be.

Once work has been paid for, say the police, the workmen can disappear whether it has been done or not and may even return at a later date with the same scam. Do not agree to works offered on your doorstep. Keep an eye on elderly neighbours too and above all be vigilant at all times.

Anyone who is suspicious can contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 1111 or Strathclyde Police 0141 532 4400.