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Alert message sent 06/04/2022 16:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

With the arrival of Spring comes an increase in the number of incidents and offences that start with an uninvited ‘cold call’ knock at your door, from someone claiming something similar to, - They are a tradesman already working in the area and wondering if you’d want them to do anything.
The call will be unexpected, they will offer services or goods that you have not asked for, and unfortunately although they may start a job they often fail to complete them, cause mess and damage and increase their prices once they start a job.
Common types of work offered include relaying or pressure washing driveways, tree felling or trimming services, garden clearance, or roof, chimney and guttering repairs.

Genuine reputable tradespeople do not need to find work in this way.

Residents who employ these types of cold calling traders are likely to be targeted again and again. 

Cold Calling selling is known to often 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 “Cold Call” at your home, 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:

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

Please pass this advice to friends, family members and neighbours who might not receive Neighbourhood Alert emails.
Thank you.
Message sent by
Jon Morris (Police, Administrator, Bracknell)

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