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Cold Callers and Doorstep Rogue Traders

Alert message sent 05/04/2022 21:09:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


This is the time of year when we traditionally see an increase in offences that start with a ‘cold call’ knock at your door, from someone claiming to be a tradesman working in the area. They will call unexpectedly, offering services or goods that you have not asked for. Those who accept work often find the price increases or work is left unfinished.

Common types of work offered include pressure washing driveways, tree surgeon services, garden clearance, roof repairs or guttering and driveway work. Genuine reputable tradespeople do not need to find work in this way. Residents who buy goods or pay for work are likely to be targeted again.

Cold Calling can also be a cover for persons planning more serious offences such as Burglary, Car Crime or ‘Bogus Official’ offences such as pretending to be from the Water Board and needing to fix a leak, where entry is gained to a house by deception in order to steal while the occupant is distracted.

If someone does call at your door, please consider the following advice:
• Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot.
• Don’t feel pressured to buy. It is your home and your right to say ‘No’.
• Don’t ever go to a bank or cash point with a trader. Legitimate traders would never do this.
• If you have vulnerable neighbours or family members who could potentially fall victim to these type of fraudulent individuals please check in on them and call 101 with details of any suspicious vehicles or individuals.
• If you suspect a crime is in progress, or about to occur please make a note of any descriptions and contact the police on 999.

The Public Protection Partnership covering Bracknell Forest, Wokingham and West Berkshire may be able to assist you and your neighbours by creating a Cold Calling Zone in your street or area. For more information on how they can help, visit:
www.publicprotectionpartnership.org.uk

Neighbourhood Watch is a successful crime prevention initiative. Getting together with your neighbours to take action can cut local crime. If you would like information on setting up or joining an established local scheme visit www.ourwatch.org.uk

Please pass this advice to friends, family members and neighbours who might not receive Neighbourhood Alert emails.

Thank you.
Message sent by
Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)

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