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Rogue Traders and Cold Calling

Alert message sent 05/08/2021 16:33:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


We would like to raise some awareness and issue crime prevention advice in relation to frauds and scams. Over the past week, we have dealt with and seen a number of reports made to us regarding cold calling and potential rogue traders operating in the Oakridge and Brighton Hill areas.

It is important that as residents you never buy goods or accept services from your doorstep. Always use the door chain when answering the door, if you have one and if you are unsure or have a funny feeling about the situation, never be afraid to close the door and say “NO”. 

We encourage residents to call 101 or report online if a situation like this occurs. This gives Police a better chance at building a picture of where potential criminals are operating and allows us to patrol the affected areas. The type of cold calling and services that is offered from rogue traders are –

•    Cleaning of windows, guttering and driveways
•    Garden maintenance (trimming of hedges, cutting of trees etc.)
•    Driveway and paving work
•    Home and roofing improvements
•    Security alarm services 
•    Plus many many more!!

As homeowners, you will know if your property needs work. We recommend that you use websites such as Checkatrade to find legitimate companies to carry out these works and home improvements.
 
Message sent by
Ryan Long (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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