News | Advice offered to protect residents from doorstep crime | Andover & VillagesWith the summer months approaching, officers in Andover have issued crime prevention advice to guard against potential rogue traders offering gardening work.

Rogue traders will cold call an address saying work needs to be done and offering to complete it.

The work is either necessary and overcharged – or completely unnecessary.

Any work completed is usually very poor.

At this time of year, there is normally an increase in the number of reports of people cold calling residents offering gardening work.

When considering such work:

Never employ passing traders

Obtain quotes from at least three firms and ask to see photos and testimonials of work they have done

Never pay money up front

Not sure? Don’t open the door.

Anyone who has any concerns about someone turning up on your doorstep offering to do gardening work is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.

Last week Hampshire Constabulary supported Operation Rogue Trader, which involved police forces and trading standards services all over the country.

The aim is to maintain Hampshire and the Isle of Wight as a hostile environment for doorstep criminals.

To view the full release visit http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/news-and-appeals/2016/april/140416-Op-Rogue-Trader.

You can also visit http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/news-and-appeals/campaigns/Doorstep_crime for our doorstep crime campaign advice.

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