"Please be aware that scammers may use the impending change in Scottish legislation – (regards interlinked smoke and heat alarms) - as an opportunity to take advantage of the vulnerable or unsuspecting.
If you require work to be carried out Police Scotland would recommend obtaining quotes from companies you have researched, rather than taking up offers from anyone cold calling.
You may wish to use The Edinburgh Trusted Trader Scheme to find tradespeople who have been checked and vetted by both Police and Trading Standards officers. Information on this Scheme can be found on:
https://www.trustedtrader.scot/Edinburgh/ or by phoning 0131 513 9921.
Do not be pressured into anything – such as signing contracts, making payments
Do not allow any cold callers into your home
LOCK – Keep your doors locked, even when you are at home.
STOP – Before you answer, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked the back door and taken the key out. Look through a door viewer (‘spy hole’) to see who it is.
CHAIN – If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or door bar on first if you have one. Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep.
CHECK – Even if they have a pre-arranged appointment, check identity cards carefully. Close the door while you do this. If you are still unsure, look up a phone number in the phone book or online and ring the organisation to verify their identity. Do not use a phone number on the identity card as this may be fake.
If you think a bogus caller or doorstep criminal has called on you, or been in your street, report this to the police immediately on ‘101’ (non-emergency)"
If you would rather remain anonymous, you can report any incidents to
Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 / http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org
For further crime prevention advice go to
Or contact your local Crime Prevention Team by contacting ‘101’ / email@example.com
Prevention, Intervention and Partnerships Department