PSNI issue warning over ‘rogue traders’ in Carrickfergus area

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Police have issued a reminder to householders to remain vigilant following allegations of so-called “rogue traders” operating in Carrickfergus.

In a statement, a PSNI spokesperson said: “Rogue traders go out of their way to target the older or more vulnerable members of our community. Sadly, many older and vulnerable people fall victim to rogue workmen who may offer to seal tarmac driveways, complete garden work or replace guttering.

“They normally do not carry identification, are reluctant to give an estimate in writing and will normally ask for cash. In addition, some of these criminals will work in teams to carry our distraction burglaries.”

Highlighting the importance of watching out for older people in the community, the spokesperson added: “If you see someone acting suspiciously note down any important details such as a description or car registration and contact police immediately.

“Everyone should be cautious of unexpected callers at their home. Our advice is very straightforward. Think before you open the door - use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them. Do not open the door unless you know the individual. Ask callers for proof of identity. Genuine tradesmen should carry a photographic identification card. Check this carefully and if you have concerns telephone QuickCheck on 0800 013 22 90. This telephone service simply enables householders to call and verify the individual identity of anyone calling at their door.