As from Kent Public Protection 21 August 2019
Doorstep Crime - Tree cutting services
We have received reports that doorstep criminals are active in the East Peckham area - all Kent residents should be on alert.
•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.