Posted on 24th June 2014
Derbyshire police are reminding people to be vigilant of rogue traders after an elderly man handed over money for work which was not carried out.
A man in his 80s who lives in Allestree was in his front garden when he was approached by two men claiming that he had asbestos in his roof and for a fee they would remove it and purchase materials to repair the roof.
The men took a large amount of money for repair materials and never returned.
PC Dalbir Janagal from the Allestree and Darley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said:” We have been working closely with Derby City Council and trying to raise awareness of this type of crime with our local community.
“On Monday, June 23 we worked alongside Ray Gibson, Jane Harrison and Jenny Lister the anti-social behaviour officers for the Allestree and Darley Ward and spoke to many residents about the steps they can take to protect themselves from rogue traders.
“Overall we visited 160 homes on Birchover Way and Ferrers Way as well as the small cul-de-sacs surrounding them.
“We aim to provide a crime pack full of advice to anyone reporting suspicious incidents taking place in this area.
“We also ask family and neighbours to be vigilant and keep an eye out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours.”
Derbyshire police would like to remind residents of the following advice:
- Not sure. Don't open the door.
- Check the identity of the doorstep caller by telephoning the company they are purporting to be from. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider.
- Check whether traders are members of the local authority Trusted Trader scheme or the government Trust Mark scheme.
- Discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader.
- Don't agree to any work or sign anything on the spot. Do not be pressured into having any work carried out.
- Never pay cash up front and don't ever go to the bank or cash point with a trader.
- If you suspect a rogue trader is at your door then call 999.
If you need work doing always try to get at least three quotes from companies that have been recommended by family or friends.
Derbyshire Trading Standards Service can help you find honest and reliable traders with the Trusted Trader scheme www.derbyshire.gov.uk/trustedtrader|.
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team please call: 101 always call 999 in an emergency.