Police Scotland today acknowledge the sentencing of brothers, James Johnstone (42), Peter Johnstone (30) and William Johnstone (35) at Dingwall Sheriff Court for offences of extortion, fraud and theft from vulnerable members of the community through acts of doorstep crime.
Their sentences are:
Superintendent Gus MacPherson, who is the Divisional lead for the operation, said:
“Doorstep crime can affect anyone within our local communities, but we are aware that the elderly, such as that mentioned previously, can be particularly targeted due to a perceived vulnerability. The conviction andÂ sentencing of the Johnstone brothersÂ reiterate Police Scotland’s ongoing commitment to bringÂ to justice thoseÂ who partake in such activity and help to keep people safe.
“We would urge householders to be vigilant and we would highlight the dangers of allowing unidentified callers into their homes. People should always check ID at the door and if you are in any doubt do not let them into your home. Additionally we would urge family members and neighbours to be equally vigilant and would ask those with information to contact police on 101 or their local Trading Standards office.
“Those who commit such crimes, like bogus callers and rogue traders, are extremely convincing in how they interact with potential victims. Almost anyone can be taken in by their convincing line of approach.”
Superintendent MacPherson added:
“We know that there is a significant amount of underreporting of this crime type, with individuals either not being aware that they have been subject to a crime, or may feel embarrassed to tell someone.
“Through local and national campaigns, Police Scotland and all our partner agencies have been raising awareness amongst communities of this distasteful crime and hopefully giving confidence to equip communities to deal with those who cold-call at their door.”
Police would ask that if anyone notices any suspicious behaviour in their area, or if they or someone they know of someone has been a victim of doorstep crime, that they report this information to police on 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. This can also be done online via the Crimestoppers website.