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24 JUNE 2019
Want to report a doorstep criminal

Doorstep Crime - Driveways and Gardens

We have received reports about a doorstep criminal active in Larkfield and Ditton areas.
 
What happens
  • A small man with an Irish accent is cold calling residents and before any work is agreed, he starts ripping up driveways or working on gardens.
  • We've received reports of people being intimidated by this criminal. 
  • One resident was also driven to the bank to withdraw cash.
What to do
  • NEVER agree to work from someone who knocks on your door uninvited
  • Don't allow anyone to pressure you into having work done
  • If you ask them to leave and they don't, contact the police on 999
  • Use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade
  • Get a minimum of 3 quotes in writing
Please warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.
 
Report it

DOORSTEP CRIME IS FINANCIAL ABUSE

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

 
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