Rogue Traders


Help needed to identify rogue traders targeting Shortlands (Bromley)

Published Monday, 11 February 2019

Residents are being asked to contact Bromley council’s Trading Standards team following a doorstep crime incident in the Shortlands area.

Information about the current location of a distinctive truck believed to be used by the perpetrators is being sought. This vehicle is believed to be involved in two incidents of doorstep crime and is being described as a white four door open back truck, with its most distinctive features being a green coloured surround and a red coloured cage at the back of the cab.

Residents are being reminded not to respond to people on their doorstep, especially those who call unexpectedly wanting to carry out unnecessary property repairs or garden work. Anyone with any information, in particular a registration plate or the whereabouts of this vehicle, is asked to report it to Bromley Council’s Trading Standards team. Call the Rapid Response number in confidence on 07903 852090.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said “Do you have any information that can help with this investigation? We would like to urgently talk to the driver of this vehicle. If you have any information about this, call our Trading Standards Team.”

Councillor Lymer added “Unfortunately there are individuals who are untrustworthy and prepared to take advantage of others. Please be extremely cautious on the doorstep and do not be taken in by these individuals. If you know someone who may be seen as older or vulnerable, please take time to draw this sad incident to their attention. Hopefully together, we can help prevent future incidents from happening. We will always investigate reports of rogue traders participating in doorstep crime, seeking to protect residents and consumers.”

The appeal for information follows two doorstep crime incidents which occurred in Shortlands on Monday 28 January 2019 at around 11am. In both cases, vulnerable residents were cold called by a man claiming to be working in the area and had noticed roof tiles that had slipped into the gutter. In the first case no work was carried out. In the second incident minor work was done, with the resident being grossly overcharged. The driver and vehicle are still at large and anyone with information is being urged to contact the Bromley Trading Standards team.

Visit our www.bromley.gov.uk/tradingstandards to find advice and information about avoiding doorstep crime.

ENDS


For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk

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