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Staplehurst Parish Council

Doorstep Crime - Tree Cutting Services - Alert From Kent County Council Public Protection

By Staplehurst Parish Council Staplehurst Parish Council

Tuesday, 27 August 2019


Staplehurst Parish Council Contributor


Kent County Council Public Protection have received reports that doorstep criminals are active in the East Peckham area - all Kent residents should be on alert.  

What happens

  • Residents are cold-called for tree cutting work
  • Exorbitant sums of money are demanded 
  • The criminals drive the resident to the bank to withdraw cash

What to do

  • NEVER agree to work being carried out 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.

Doorstep crime is financial abuse

Be alert to signs that someone you know has fallen prey to financial abuse. Anyone can be a target, but criminals will often target people when they are most vulnerable.

Watch the video to see how victims are targeted : Kent County Council How to Spot the Signs of Financial Abuse.

For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
The Citizens Advice on-line or the consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

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