Doorstep Criminals Active in Canterbury

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04 October 2022

Doorstep Criminals Active in Canterbury

An elderly resident was cold called by three men wearing hi-vis jackets, using scare tactics to scam the victim.
What happened?

  • Three men wearing orange hi-vis jackets knocked on the resident’s door.
  • They used scare tactics – claiming a tree was over hanging and dangerous.
  • Cold callers may use other scare tactics including your roof tiles are missing or the roof is leaking.
What to do?
Watch out❗ Never respond to cold callers knocking on your door.

If you need work done in your home or garden, find safe traders on Trading Standards Checked or call Ask a Kent Librarian on 03000 41 64 38 (9am to 6pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays).

Report cold callers to Kent Police on 101 or call 999 if they are aggressive or refuse to leave.

For free advice, contact Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.


Help us prevent vulnerable people from becoming victims of doorstep crime and financial abuse. Watch the video and learn to spot the signs of doorstep crime and financial abuse. Please help to protect your family members, neighbours and friends.
We know doorstep criminals tell us our roof tiles are loose, our chimney stacks are dangerous, our trees are diseased and our driveways need jet washing.

Help keep your community safe. Report doorstep criminals as soon as you see them or tell your local Community Warden or Police Officer.

Even if you’re not sure if they are a criminal tell us anyway, we want to know.

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