Man Charged Over Alleged “Bogus Police” Offences

A man has been charged by Fife Police for allegedly impersonating a police officer on two occasions at homes in Dunfermline for the purpose of theft.

PC Fraser Laird, Community Safety Officer of Police Scotland’s Fife Division, said: “Incidents such as this are extremely rare, but demonstrate the methods criminals will use to get into houses.

“Bogus callers operate all year round and will target the elderly and vulnerable, and you should never allow anyone to enter your house unless you are aware that they are coming.

“Beware of people cold calling at your door to offers services. If you need work carried out contact a local tradesman via a trade directory or use Fife Council’s Trusted Trader Scheme.

“Remember, bogus callers come in many guises and can be men or women, well-dressed as well as wearing working clothes.

“Bogus callers will be polite and friendly as they want to catch you off guard. You must be suspicious – even if it is not in your nature. Do not be afraid of offending them, your safety is far more important than their feelings.”