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Crime Prevention Advice on Rogue Traders in Reading

Alert message sent 05/03/2019 10:52:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Over the past week there have been a number of reports of cold callers in the East Reading & Norcot Neighbourhood:
Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to make you aware of the following:
Rogue Doorstep Traders will use a trade as a means to extract large sums of money from people.
  • Offering services such as driveway re-surfacing, block paving, roofing, fascias, gardening or selling goods such as furniture, alarms or mobility aids.
  • They may claim you have a loose roof tile or that a tree you have is unsafe and needs to be trimmed.
  • They will often give a very low quote that will increase when work begins.
  • Sometimes they will drive victims to the bank and will often come back on future occasions to get more money.
     
  • Please warn your elderly and vulnerable residents by:
  • Make the person aware that they are never required to open their door to unexpected callers and that it is not rude to send someone away.
  • Reinforce the message "IF YOU'RE NOT SURE DON'T OPEN THE DOOR".
  • Encourage the person to set up passwords with their utility companies.
  • Try to ensure that the outside of the property is well maintained, including the garden. Properties that are poorly maintained may be targeted.
  • Advise the person not to keep money in the house and to keep credit cards, debit cards, cheque books, savings books and any other valuables in a safe place.
  • Display a 'No Cold Calling Home' sticker to discourage unwanted callers. These can be obtained by contacting Liz Herbert on 01865 845309.an.fletcher@northants.pnn.police.uk
    To report non-emergency crime any suspicious vehicles or incidents in your neighbourhood  call The Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 , in an emergency, call 999 or visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk.or contact Trading Standards please ring Citizen Advice Consumer helpline on 03454 040506.
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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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