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Daily gives pensioners stickers to aid fight against ‘doorstep crooks’

A regional daily has produced stickers for pensioners as part of its fight against “doorstep crooks”.

The Paisley Daily Express is handing out hundreds of stickers promoting its Protect Our Pensioners campaign.

The campaign was launched in September after it reported how an 89-year-old man from its patch had been conned out of more the than £30,000.

The stickers, provided to the Express free of charge by Paisley firm Print & Copy, offer tips for people who may be unsure of anyone at their door and urges them to call the police if they feel scared or threatened.

The stickers were featured on the front page of the Express on last Thursday

The stickers were featured on the front page of the Express on last Thursday

They also include details of the newspaper’s Nominate a Neighbour scheme, which encourages OAPs to write details of someone they trust who they can contact if someone they don’t know comes to their door.

Express editor Gavin McInally said: “The Nominate a Neighbour scheme gives elderly people a bit more security if someone comes to their door they can give them a call and ask them to come and assist.

“A lot of the time, just the idea of another person coming over to verify what someone at the door is saying is enough to scare them off.

“These stickers are our next step in helping to protect the elderly people in Renfrewshire who are being targeted by crooks.

“We want to get as many out there as possible across the local authority and help make people aware of what they should do if they feel unsafe.

“We are grateful to William and his staff at Print & Copy It for helping us get our message out there.”