|GLASGOW EYES MAGAZINE
Police Scotland / Glasgow News
BOGUS CALLER INCIDENT – CATHCART, GLASGOW
Police Scotland is appealing for information after two men, pretending to be working for the council, entered a women’s home and took a number of items of jewellery.
Around 5.30 pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018 the 96 year-old woman was within her home at Cartside Quadrant when two men came to her door claiming that there was an issue with her water.
After entering the property they made off with items of jewellery.
The first suspect is described as white, between 30-39, 6ft 1 of heavy build and had shaggy looking blonde hair. He was wearing a high viz yellow jacket.
The second suspect looked to be in his 20s, was of slim build and had dark hair. He was wearing a long brown quilted jacket.
Police Constable Jennifer Boyle, Helen Street Police Office, said:
“This was a despicable theft from an elderly woman in her own home. I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen these two men or know anything about the incident so we can trace those responsible.
“I would also like to remind people to be careful when approached by callers who come to your door unannounced or uninvited and offer to carry out work to your home or sell items to you.
“If you are at all suspicious of people who call at your home, ask them for identification and why they’re there. It’s known that rogue traders will usually cold call, claiming to be workers offering to make repairs or carry out work on your house, garden or driveway. In reality, they charge inflated prices for substandard or unnecessary work or are trying to get into your home to steal valuables.
“Generally people are very trusting and it’s just wrong that these conmen prey on that trust or the vulnerabilities of some people and it can have a hugely detrimental effect on the life of victims.
“By following some easy steps you can save yourself becoming a victim of this type of crime; for example, don’t let callers into your house unless they have an appointment and have confirmed they are genuine. If you are in any doubt, tell the caller to come back when someone else is home, genuine callers won’t mind rearranging.
“Finally, remember to look out for those in your community and report any suspicious activity immediately either by dialling 101 or 999 in an emergency.”
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Police via 101, quoting incident number 3119 of Tuesday 20 November 2018. Alternatively you can contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.