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Crime: Maidstone residents alerted to spate of suspected rogue traders

Contributed by editor on Oct 12, 2017 - 03:45 PM

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Kent Police is asking residents to take note of some crime prevention advice following reports of suspected rogue traders in the Maidstone area.

 

Police report that at 9.20am on Friday 6 October 2017, two men are reported to have visited an address in Park Way, Coxheath and one of them started to clear the gutters without asking the occupants if they wanted the work completed.

The residents decided to pay as they had already started the work.

At around 2pm on Monday 9 October, four men are reported to have visited an address in High Street, Lenham and started work in the garden that the occupier did not want done.

The men demanded over £1,000 cash and the woman left to go to the bank. No money was subsequently paid and the men left the scene in a yellow van with a white cab.

One was said to have a Welsh accent, another had a foreign accent and the other two could not speak English.

 


At around 2.45pm on Tuesday 10 October, two men were reported to be knocking on doors without prior arrangement in Oxford Gardens, Shepway offering to check doors and windows to see if they needed upgrading.

Both were described as white, in their late 20s to early 30s with large builds. One had light ginger hair and other short dark hair.

Advice

The following advice can help you avoid becoming a victim to rogue traders:

- Do not deal with doorstep callers offering work on your home or garden and never pay in cash
- Check that the tradesperson is from the company they say they are from
 -Ask for quotes in writing
- Ring more than three traders to get a feel for an average price for the job
- Remember traders must give you written notice of your right to 14 days cancellation when agreeing to do work at your home, including work gained from a cold call

 


If you believe a doorstep crime is happening or about to happen call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency

Useful Contacts

For advice and information, members of the public should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506, or visit  www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Kent County Council Trading Standards recommends www.checkatrade.com , online or call 0333 0146 190, for reputable Kent traders

Anyone with information on the incidents described above is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting 9-648.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

 

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