A Sligo-based company is working on new technology that would clamp down on what’s known as doorstep fraud.
Most people are familiar with visits from bogus callers and fake tradespeople but doorstep fraud encompasses much more.
And often, it’s vulnerable people, such as the elderly, who are the victims.
At a meeting of the County Sligo Joint Policing Committee last night, Ronan Gilroy, of Glofend Technologies, based at the Innovation Centre at IT Sligo, said doorstep fraud is an area that needs to be addressed.
Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Glacken urged anyone with information about this type of crime to contact the gardai.
Mr Gilroy said he thought there is a problem with reporting it because there is a taboo about it, or victims may feel ashamed about having been caught out.
Afterwards, he spoke to Ocean FM News: