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   KCC Trading Standards - Doorstep Crime    August 20, 2019

KCC Trading Standards

Doorstep Crime - Gardening Work

We have received a number of reports about doorstep criminals active in the Dartford, Gravesham and Sevenoaks areas - all Kent residents should be on alert.

What happens

•             Residents are cold-called and quoted £150 for gardening work

•             The price increases to over £2,000 for extra work including work on "unsafe" trees

•             Further money is demanded to remove garden waste

•             The criminals drive the resident 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

Warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.

Report it - for advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact

Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 - Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.



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