Police warn residents to be on lookout for rogue traders after three incidents in one day

March 05 2020
Police warn residents to be on lookout for rogue traders after three incidents in one day

POLICE have warned residents of Frampton Cotterell, Downend and Kingswood to be on the lookout for rogue traders after a series of suspicious incidents.

All three incidents happened last Saturday, February 29, and two of them involved elderly people being approached and asked about having work carried out on their homes.

One happened on Clyde Road in Frampton Cotterell, one in Kingswood, and one in Cleeve Lawns, Downend.

Avon and Somerset police said all three incidents happened during the day.

In two of them, the suspects were seen to be leave in a Mercedes Vito van and a blue Transit van.

A police spokesperson said the men were white and spoke with Irish accents.

One of them was described as wearing workman’s clothes and an orange jacket.

Another was aged between 25 and 30, slim and had dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing.

The spokesperson added: “We are appealing to residents who live in this area and have car dash cameras or home CCTV to please check their footage and get in touch if they have any information that can help with our enquiries.”

Police are calling on all residents to be alert to rogue traders and distraction burglars, with the following tips:

  • Never open the door to an unexpected caller until you’ve checked their identification – use a door chain or viewer, intercom or a ‘smart’ doorbell. Genuine callers expect it.

  • If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.

  • If you are suspicious of a caller tell us straight away – ring 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated, otherwise call 101.

  • Store any high value items such as jewellery, passports and cash in a properly secured and hidden safe or bank vault.

  • Keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room.

  • If you see someone calling door-to-door, but only on frail or elderly neighbours, call 999 straight away.

  • Ask a trusted neighbour to help you deal with unexpected callers.

  • Join Neighbourhood Watch.

Anyone who has information which could help the police should call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5220 044 191.