Distraction burglaries / rogue traders.
Police have received reports in the past week about two men cold calling in the Uckfield area, saying they are antiques dealers interested in buying collectables or ‘items of interest from residents.
In one incident, it seems an elderly woman may have been the victim of theft as a result of allowing suspects to come inside, investigations are ongoing. Several other residents in the area reported men knocking on their doors or leaving calling cards which stated they were buys of antiques.
Police always advise the public not to enter into agreements with cold callers in any way. And in particular not to allow any strangers entry into the home. Whatever reasons they give, even if they offer to pay top price for things you want to get rid of, do not let them come inside your home.
In fact never enter into any financial agreements with people on the doorstep, for any reason. There are statutory consumer rights, which include a cooling off period, which they are unlikely to tell you about.
So don’t allow agree to anyone cutting down your trees, repairing your roof, cleaning or repairing your driveway when they have cold called you. Genuine traders do not run their businesses in this way anyway. If the word needs doing, find a reputable trader through recommendation or from trusted sites like Buy With Confidence (Trading Standards).
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org