Warning over Potters Bar rogue traders
PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 August 2012
CONCERNS over rogue traders targeting vulnerable OAPs has led to police and councillors joining forces to speak of the dangers.
The Potters Bar Edition joined borough councillor Peter Knell and Potters Bar and South Mimms Pcso Chris Ramdeen on a visit to the popular Sixty Plus club held at lunchtimes at the Wyllyotts Centre.
The pair gave a talk each to the group members who listened in disbelief to the story, on the front page of this week’s Potters Bar Edition, relating to the 98-year-old woman who was targeted by a bogus builder.
Pcso Ramdeen handed out various police guidelines on how to deal with suspicious visitors to your home.
He told the group: “If you are not expecting anyone and you don’t recognise them, don’t let them in your home.
“Try to communicate with the caller without opening the door and ask them to return at a time when you have someone you trust with you.
“If a person you are expecting comes at the time you have arranged, ask to see their identification before you let them in.
“Rogue traders usually have the gift of the gab, so don’t trust them just because of what they say.”
One member of the Sixty Plus club even spoke of his first-hand experience with rogue traders.
Ian Grant told the Potters Bar Edition: “I have had trouble with these kind of people myself.
“The right thing to do is call the police before you do anything else but sometimes things happen so quick you forget.
“It is important to contact the police first and quickly.”
If you suspect a rogue trader at your home then you should contact police on 101.
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