Police’s cold call success in Glenrothes... but no roll out

The scheme won't be rolled out to other areas of Glenrothes
The scheme won't be rolled out to other areas of Glenrothes

A police clamp down on bogus builders and cold calling criminals in Glenrothes has reduced this type of criminality to almost zero, says a new report .

Police Scotland’s 2014 No Cold Calling Zone initiative in Woodside along with the success of Operation Nominate, a year long investigation which smashed the country’s biggest bogus builder gang responsible for around £2.5 million worth of crime, are said to be the main reasons behind the reduction.

Analysis shows there is no compelling evidence to expand the initiative to any other region in Glenrothes.

No door step crimes have been reported in Woodside since the pilot began.

The report at this month’s area committee said analysis had shown hotspot areas had emerged elsewhere in Fife with criminals shifting their focus away from Glenrothes.

Since April 2015 just three incidents have been reported to police for the whole of the Glenrothes area.

A number of additional tactics, including proactive action days working in partnership with trading standards officers have helped deter those associated with doorstep crime.

The reduction means police have no plans to roll out initiative to other areas.

Inspector Derek Paxton said: “Analysis shows there is no compelling evidence to expand the initiative to any other region in Glenrothes.

“The best way forward is to adopt the overarching approach which targets specific areas and events as and when intelligence suggest elderly or vulnerable residents are the focus of potential crime.”

However, the decision not to expand the programme did not meet with every councillor’s approval.

“This committee agreed previously to continue preventative measures,” said Cllr Kay Morrison.

“I am not advocating that we roll it out to every house in Glenrothes but we should be able to at least consider covering sheltered housing complexes so that residents there can feel a little safer, I am very disappointed that this is not going to be the case.”