OAPs in Killearn and Blanefield robbed by sham ‘workmen’

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RESIDENTS in Killearn and Blanefield are being warned to be extra vigilant after a spate of crimes by bogus workmen in the area.

Over the past month there have been three separate thefts and attempted thefts carried out by men pretending to be doing work in the villages.

A man who claimed he was from the council asked an elderly resident on Endrick Road, Killearn for a glass of water on Thursday, November 10.

The resident watched him and he eventually left empty handed.

Another man stole a handbag containing £100 from the home of an elderly couple on Branziert Road North, Killearn the same day.

Constable David McNally from Balfron Police Office, said: “While you can be assured that we will do everything we can to prevent and detect this type of crime, it is important that residents take some simple precautions to safeguard themselves and their neighbours.

“Make good use of security chains where they are fitted to the doors to your house.

“Regardless of how good a deal is offered, do not enter into any conversation or contract with unsolicited callers to your home address.

“If you are unsure about any callers to your home contact Central Scotland Police immediately on 01360 440220.

“Also please look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours.

“If you see anyone unusual or suspicious calling on them make it your business to check and see what is going on.”

Central Scotland Police are working to target this type of crime, conducting road checks and working with the Trading Standards Department to check tradesmen who are carrying out work on site.

Literature, including ‘No Cold Caller’ stickers are available at Balfron Library, Killearn Post Office and Blanefield Library.