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Scottish Doorstep Crime Operation Deemed a Success

A national operation aimed at preventing doorstop crime, has been carried out successfully by Police Scotland working alongside other agencies and local authorities.

The Scottish campaign, labelled Operation Monarda, ran in conjunction with UK campaign Operation Rogue Trader, and brought together more than 600 police officers, 81 Trading Standards Officers, Community Wardens as well as representatives from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Department of Work and Pensions, and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Doorstep crime presents itself in two mains forms: (1) bogus callers, who use distraction techniques to preoccupy victims and steal from their home; and (2) rogue traders, will carry out general maintenance work, often very poorly or not at all, at charge excess prices. Offenders, often target the elderly due to a perceived vulnerability, although everyone is at risk.

During September 2013 and April 2014, over 1,000 offences were detected, resulting in over 200 subsequent arrests. Serious and organised crime charges were also libelled and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Operation Monarda also raised awareness of doorstop crime and advised people how avoid becoming victims of it. More than 26,000 leaflets were issued, and in in excess of 1,600 posters were displayed in public areas. Additionally, 235 presentations were given to local groups, 43 road shows were held and various other community events took place, all to educate people across Scotland.

Technology was also capitalised upon to disseminate information, with a multi-agency discussion on Facebook receiving 15,000 hits.

Speaking after the completion of the campaign, Chief Inspector Martin Rutland, of Police Scotland’s Safer Communities Team commented:

“This is a great example of Police Scotland working with partners including local authorities and trading standards teams and the private and voluntary sectors providing proof that we are keeping people safe. It has also strengthened and given us new partnerships and links we can use in future campaigns.”

“Doorstep crime can affect anyone within our local communities, but we are aware that in particular older people can be targeted due to a perceived vulnerability.”

“It is far from a victimless type of crime. The effects of it can have life changing consequences on victim’s health and wellbeing, in addition to the impact of any subsequent financial loss.”

“Some of the techniques used by these criminals are very high pressure and very sophisticated. It is very easy for anyone, even if you are well educated or world-wise to fall foul of them.”

“There is no stigma or embarrassment in getting caught out and Police Scotland urges victims or their families to come forward and report this type of crime. The more people that come forward, the greater our ability to identify and catch those responsible, preventing future crimes.”

“One of the other parts of this operation was the promotion of a new Nominated Neighbour Scheme, which raises awareness and empower the community to protect its own and disrupt unlawful behaviour. The scheme is already making an impact on communities across the country.”

“Operation Monarda has placed a positive and reassuring focus on doorstep crime within all connected organisations, the wider media and the public. Police Scotland’s 14 divisions are continuing to provide a tailored response in this area, along with key partner agencies.”

Whilst the campaign has now been completed, further steps are being taken to stop doorstop criminals and protect people across Scotland.

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