|ROGUE TRADERS - DON'T LET THEM GET A FOOT IN YOUR DOOR!|
This warning comes after a number of recent complaints about doorstep callers and rogue traders in Peterborough.
Recent incidents in Gordon Ave, Peterborough on 11th March (35/17160/19) where 2 males have called offering to undertake gardening work. They have distracted the victim asking for a drink of water and to use the toilet. Once inside and whilst the victim is distracted, the offenders have stolen purse/wallet containing cash. The other incident in Primrose Close, Peterborough on 13th March (35/17994/19) where 2 males attended the address again offering gardening work, the victim has declined and did not allow them entry. However, one of the males has put his arm and foot in the door to stop it from being closed . One of the offenders has then asked to use the toilet and been allowed in, whilst inside the house the males have stolen an amount of cash.
Incidents have also included people selling household items door to door, using hard luck stories or intimidation to get a sale. Often the items are overpriced and could be easily obtained elsewhere. This is a licensed activity, and anyone doing this must have a licence (Pedlars Certificate) and produce it to you. If the sales person cannot provide a licence to you, call 101 to report these persons to the Police.
The following 'Top Tips' are worth remembering when a doorstep trader or other uninvited person comes to your home:
Don't believe all callers are genuine.
Don't believe the 'scare stories' a salesman may tell you - they are rarely true.
Don't believe genuine tarmac companies have loads over - they don't!
Don't sign anything or pay for anything until you are sure about it.
Don't believe special deals, 'today only' - it's high pressure selling.
Don't allow strangers to have access to your property - "I need to check your taps/ water pipe" is a common trick that can lead to a distraction burglary.
Do check the identity of the caller by asking to see an ID card.
Do challenge anyone looking over your property - did you give permission?
Do consider if you really need the work done. Think before you decide. Shop around for the best deal.
Do ask the caller to leave you with information to study at your leisure.
Do remember you should be given a right to cancel a contract after cold calling.
Victims of distraction burglaries should contact the Police immediately.
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