Police have arrested three men on suspicion of fraud after a suspected rogue trader incident in Bolsover last week.
They were arrested in connection with an incident on Owlcotes View on Tuesday, February 25 and Wednesday, February 26. The men are suspected to have called at the home of an elderly resident and carried out unnecessary and unwanted work on the driveway for an over inflated price.
Community Safety Inspector Russell Dakin said: “We are continuing to remind residents not to trade with people who turn up unannounced. If you think you might need work doing then always get a few quotes from reputable companies first.
“This will help to prevent you from paying over the odds for poor quality work, and can also reduce the potential of becoming the victim of other doorstep crimes such as distraction burglary.”
The men, aged 75 and 41 years-old from Leicester, and a 31 year old from Newbold, have been bailed pending further enquiries.
Insp. Dakin added: “Please contact us if you have any information about this incident or if you notice anyone acting suspiciously around homes in your neighbourhood.”
To help prevent doorstep crime, residents are advised:
Doorstep traders should legally provide a written form setting out a seven day cancellation period for goods or services over £35 bought as the result of an uninvited visit. A trader commits a criminal offence if they fail to provide the written cancellation notice or if they make false claims about who they are or work for.
Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Residents can also contact you can call Citizen’s Advice Consumer Advice Service on 08454 04 05 06 for any issues relating to buying goods and your rights as a consumer. Derbyshire Trading Standards Service can help residents find honest and reliable traders through the Trusted Trader scheme. All the businesses who sign up to Derbyshire Trusted Trader have been checked by the trading standards team. To find a Trusted Trader in your area call 01629 533190 or visit the Trusted Trader website.
Date issued: 4 February 2014 (issued by Derbyshire Police)