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High Halstow Parish Council

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Latest update from Kent Association of Local Councils

Doorstep Crime - Tree cutting services

There have been recent reports that doorstep criminals are active in the East Peckham area - all Kent residents should be on alert.

What happens:

  • Residents are cold-called for tree cutting work
  • Exorbitant sums of money are demanded
  • The criminals drive the resident to the bank to withdraw cash

What to do

  • NEVER agree to work being carried out from someone who knocks on your door uninvited
  • Don't allow anyone to pressure you into having work done
  • If you ask them to leave and they don't, contact the police on 999
  • Use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade
  • Get a minimum of 3 quotes in writing
  • Warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.
  • Report it

Doorstep crime is financial abuse