Tackling doorstep crime

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Police in Midlothian will work alongside partner agencies and local communities this week as part of an ongoing national campaign to tackle doorstep crime.

Police Scotland launched Operation Monarda last year with the aim of targeting bogus workmen, rogue traders and cold callers who operate across the country.

As part of this continuing effort, local officers will carry out a number of upcoming events to provide homeowners in Midlothian with useful advice on how they can avoid being targeted by scammers as well as offer a contact point where members of the public can raise their concerns.

This Friday (April 29), local officers will host a Door Step Crime Roadshow at the Asda Superstore on Pentland Road, Straiton, between 11am and 3pm where representatives from Victim Support Scotland and the Community Safety Team at Midlothian Council will join local Community Officers.

This will be followed on Monday, May 2 by a similar roadshow at Tesco, Hardengreen, Dalkeith, between 11am and 3pm. Again representatives from Victim Support Scotland and the Community Safety Team at Midlothian Council will join local Community Officers.

In addition, police road checks will be carried during the week in conjunction with DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), along with joint patrols carried out by Police and Trading Standards Officers.

Sergeant Michele Lindsay, who is based in Bonnyrigg, said: “Doorstep crime can have a devastating impact on families and homes across the country.

“Police Scotland is committed to tackling those involved in this crime and will use all means at our disposal to ensure they are swiftly brought to justice.

“An effective way of preventing these incidents from happening in the first place is by working with local communities to raise awareness of the problem and advising the public of the steps they can take to better protect themselves from falling victim.

“Operation Monarda was established to help tackle this ongoing issue and to provide advice and assistance to anyone who needs it.”

Operation Monarda brings together public, private and third sector organisations to help minimise risk and prevent harm to vulnerable and older people from criminals who commit doorstep crime. It operates as a preventative project, and encompasses engagement work with the general public, as well as enforcement work to target criminals.