Police issue 'rogue traders' alert in Bromley
PUBLISHED: 09:45 19 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:45 19 December 2014
Residents are advised to say no to anyone offering to carry out work unexpectedly.
Officers are warning residents to be careful after reports of builders approaching elderly and vulernable people and quoting extortionate prices for building work.
DC Jim Taylor said: “Our message is to always say ‘no’ to any traders offering to carry out work who unexpectedly turn up on your doorstep.
“Rogue traders deliberately target the most vulnerable members of our communities, and most often the elderly.
“Offenders can be both plausible and intimidating in order to convince their victims to pay prices which are often well above what should normally be charged and certainly does not reflect the work that is carried out, if it is carried out at all.
“We need to get crime prevention messages about rogue trading not just to householders, but to whole communities as well as to relatives and friends, particularly of elderly residents.
“If you have any suspicions at all about cold-callers or traders, please call the police on 101.”
Police and Trading Standards are working to identify rogue traders operating on the borough and Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be on patrol providing advice and reassurance to residents.