ALERT! Doorstep Criminals Target Kent Residents

Published: 22 February 2022

Following Storm Eunice and continuing high winds, be alert to rogue traders knocking on your door. We have received reports of over-priced repairs to fencing in the Maidstone area.

Common tactics include:

* Repairing damage on your roof,

* Removing tree branches overhanging on a footpath that could cause injury or

* Repairing your damaged fence to protect your property.

Do not panic - close the door on the cold caller.

Remember:

* Never agree to work on your house or garden by someone who knocks on your door.

* Request free No Uninvited Traders door stickers

* Reputable builders, roofers and gardeners do not cold call.

Order 'No Uninvited Traders' Door Sticker

If you need storm damage work done, find safe local traders on Trading Standards Checked or call 03000 41 64 38 (open 9am - 6pm on weekdays and 9am-5pm on Saturday).

Report cold callers to Kent Police on 0808 223 1133.

Please warn family members, friends and neighbours!

DOORSTEP CRIME IS FINANCIAL ABUSE

Help us prevent vulnerable people from becoming victims of doorstep crime and financial abuse. Watch the video and learn to spot the signs of doorstep crime and financial abuse. Please help to protect your family members, neighbours and friends.

We know doorstep criminals tell us our roof tiles are loose, our chimney stacks are dangerous, our trees are diseased and our driveways need jet washing.

Help keep your community safe. Report doorstep criminals as soon as you see them or tell your local Community Warden or Police Officer.

Even if you're not sure if they are a criminal tell us anyway, we want to know.

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