Scams and how to avoid them

LATEST NEWS November 2014



Residents warned to be alert to roofing and gardening scams

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Kent Police is warning residents against rogue traders who may be using fake leaflets to offer services such as roof repairs and gardening.

Detectives investigating a number of fraudulent crimes in West Kent in recent months are urging people to be wary of tricksters who often target the elderly or vulnerable.

In September, a pensioner in Snodland was tricked by two men into paying them £14,000, after they knocked at his door and offered to fix his roof. The victim, a man in his 70s, was approached at his home in Freelands Road on 12 September. The men agreed a price with the victim but after receiving payment never returned. They left a leaflet with the victim which included details of a genuine roofing company.

In Sevenoaks, a man demanded £220 from an elderly woman after he cut her hedge without permission. The 87 year-old was at her home in Church Field on 29 October when the offender appeared at her back door. He walked into the property and followed the victim upstairs before demanding cash.

A number of suspicious leaflets were later discovered by officers at the address of a man linked to the incident.

Detective Constable Gabriel Chandler said: ‘In some instances criminals are printing leaflets and including details of genuine companies to make themselves look honest and reputable. These leaflets often look very authentic and are used to target victims, who sadly are usually elderly and vulnerable.’

'If someone posts a leaflet through your door, never hand over any money, until you have a written quote and have checked that the tradesperson is from the company they say they are from. We have seen leaflets using company names that do not even operate in Kent, but where the phone number has been changed.‘

Further advice

  • Never deal with doorsteps callers. If you have any doubts at all, tell them you need to check with a neighbour or family member and close the door
  • Call the police if you think they are acting suspiciously
  • Ask for quotes in writing and ring more than three traders to get an average price for the job so you know what is reasonable
  • Research ‘check-a-trade’ websites or business directories to confirm the trader’s ID.
    If you still have concerns contact the police or Trading Standards

Posted on: 12 November 2014



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A new Rural Task Force dedicated to preventing and detecting crime in our rural communities has been officially launched by Kent Police.

The new unit was introduced by the Chief Constable Alan Pughsley, Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes and Michael Bax, Chairman of the Crime Rural Action Group at the Kent Rural Crime Conference on Wednesday 29 October.

It brings together officers from the Gypsy Liaison Team and the award-winning Rural Liaison Team into one coordinated unit.

The launch forms part of Kent Police’s new Rural Crime Strategy which was unveiled at the conference to community members.

Targeting those who cause harm to rural communities

The Rural Task Force will be focused on directly targeting those who cause harm to rural communities and listening to people who live there and will consist of officers, specially-trained to deal with wildlife crime such as hare coursing and poaching.

As well as investigating rural crime, the team will also carry out pre-planned activities such as the recent Operation Nonagon alongside partner agencies including Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Kent County Council.

Op Nonagon was held on 17 September and was a targeted operation involving more than 90 officers. As a result, two men were arrested during warrants in Dover and Boughton-under-Blean near Faversham for theft offences, another man was arrested for failing to stop and driving a stolen vehicle in Thanet, a stolen caravan in Hartlip was returned to its rightful owner and a number of driving offences were detected at stop checks in High Halden.

The strong relationship between Kent Police and the rural communities it serves gained national recognition on 9 October when the Rural Liaison Team received the Country Crime Fighters award at a ceremony organised by insurance company NFU Mutual.

Dedicated unit

Kent Police Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: ‘By forming the Rural Task Force we are making the best use of our resources in a dedicated unit so we can effectively tackle rural crime and antisocial behaviour.

‘The new task force will work alongside members of the rural community, partner agencies, the National Farmers’ Union, the Country Land and Business Association and other stakeholders as well as build on the great achievements by the Rural Liaison Team and the Gypsy Liaison Team.

‘I’m pleased to be launching the new Rural Task Force alongside the Commissioner and we look forward to seeing its many successes.’

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes said: ‘Like many people in Kent I live in a rural community – and – like many people in Kent I know that the countryside can be both idyllic and also quite isolating and daunting.
‘That’s why it’s vital that every community in Kent gets the best possible policing service that we can afford and why I am delighted that we are launching the Kent Rural Task Force. The officers have already made great inroads into working with the rural community and we are seeing excellent results that they are able to achieve as a team.
‘I am also pleased that so many representatives of our rural community are attending our rural conference on Wednesday (29 October). When budgets are being cut all around, it is very important that we work together with our partners to make sure we are not duplicating what is being done and we are achieving the best possible results from the service we are giving.’



With the recent wet weather please take a moment to read our advice on keeping safe on the roads. As the darker nights draw in take care on the roads and always be aware of your surroundings 

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