Mandy Quy-Verlander is a KCC Community Warden who works with victims of doorstep crime.

In her latest newsletter she talks of some frightening research from the Home Office on the effects of doorstep crime. It shows that older people are nearly 3 times more likely to go into residential care after becoming a victim.

“It makes me so angry, how dare these criminals take advantage of good people!” says Mandy.

“I want to stop them for good – and I need your help. Learn to identify these criminals when they knock on your door. Watch the video below where I tell the story of a lovely lady from my district and learn what to look out for.  

“Sadly, by the time I met Doris she had already lost over £18,000 to doorstep criminals.”
Doris’s story
“Doris is in her 70s and is a carer for her husband. When Doris’s son suffered a stroke, she needed a company to clear and carry out some basic maintenance on his home. When someone knocked on the door and offered to do the work, she felt grateful for their help. Unfortunately, they were not a legitimate company.”

“In this video I tell Doris’s story in the hope it will stop others from becoming victims themselves.”
Every year in Kent elderly & vulnerable people are targets of doorstep criminals who prey on people by gaining their trust and convincing them that urgent and often unnecessary work needs to be carried out. They will keep finding work until the victim runs out of money and normally leave the works in-complete and to a bad standard. Help me to put a stop to this crime!

Please stay alert, take care and stay safe,

Mandy Quy-Verlander
KCC Community Warden
Trading Standards Checked carries out checks on traders so customers can have peace of mind when choosing a tradesperson to do work in their home

Please help to keep your family and community safe. If you need work done in your home or garden, visit the website to find a safe local tradesperson.Visit Trading Standards Checked
Report doorstep criminals as soon as you see them or tell your local Community Warden or Police Officer.
ForwardTweetShare
You can view our Privacy Notice at any time. It explains what personal data we hold about you, how we collect the data and how we may use and share information about you. We are required to give this information under the data protection law.
For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133
Consumer Advice scams action line  on 0808 250 5050
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Copyright © 2021 Kent County Council, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted into receive emails from KCC Public Protection.

By Ed

©2021 Hawkinge Gazette       -       Hawkinge Gazette is not responsible for the content of external sites