The following message was received via Police Connect this afternoon:
Police have received a report of an elderly resident in Reepham agreeing to pay for hedge trimming and then asked for £200 to clear away the clippings. The resident has refused to pay this but agreed for a copper water tank to be taken away in exchange for their removal and only the tank has been taken.
PC Andy Mason, Broadland Engagement Officer commented “Reports of rogue traders, cowboy builders and doorstep callers are unfortunately still a concern for both Norfolk Police and Trading Standards Departments. Rogue traders trick people into paying very high prices for unnecessary or shoddy work primarily on homes or garden maintenance”. To avoid becoming a victim of rogue traders, follow these simple steps:
· Never agree to have work done by somebody who is just passing or take their word that it needs to be done at all.
· Never pay for work before it is completed.
· Do not accept any offer from them to drive you to the bank to withdraw money.
· If you need work done, then visit www.checkatrade.com or call by phone on 0333 0146 190 or contact your local councils Trusted Trader Service.
For Further Crime Prevention Advice:-
For Norfolk dial 101 and ask to speak to your local Architectural Liaison Officer (ALO)