Police warn against rogue traders

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AN INCIDENT in Arbroath’s Brechin Road on Sunday has prompted Tayside Police to warn residents to be wary of cold calling by rogue traders.

Police say complaints about poor quality of work from home-owners increases around this time of year as they look at the condition of their properties and sometimes accept rogue businesses who cold call at their doors, offering to carry out gardening work, repairs or clean roofs or replace tarmac.

They added that rogue traders can use intimidating or aggressive practices, overcharge and give misleading statements about the work that they offer.

This often leaves householders out of pocket facing more bills to put problems right.

Constable Connelly from Tayside Police at Arbroath is urging people to be wary and inform police if you have any suspicions.

He added: “Be very wary of anyone turning up on your doorstep offering to carry out work. Ask yourself if you would trust important and potentially expensive work to someone you have never heard of, and may never see again.

“Responsible traders will know the rules and will supply the correct paperwork before starting any work. This includes, in many cases, a right for a consumer to cancel work in a short period of time.

“I would ask people to be vigilant and look out for elderly and vulnerable members in the community being targeted by rogue traders.

“Don’t agree to any work on the basis of a verbal quote.

“If you need work done, obtain written quotes from a number of reputable companies.”