We have seen a recent increase of people cold calling, offering to carry out work such as; mending roof tiles, fixing the boiler, tarmac the drives, tree work etc. These people generally target more vulnerable individuals. Work is often carried out in an unsatisfactory manner or not at all.
This can also be linked with distraction burglary – where the resident is drawn out of the house, for example to look at their roofing, and while they are occupied another person enters the home and steals valuables.
Rogue traders often put people on the spot and pressure them into making purchase decision.
We advise you not to deal with uninvited doorstep traders and only use recommended professionals. Please look out for your vulnerable neighbours and report any suspicious activities.
We are working alongside Trading Standards to tackle this issue.