Due to a rise in reports of distraction burglaries occurring and rogue traders operating throughout Milton Keynes, Thames Valley Police has taken to social media to issue a warning in order to safeguard local residents.
In a statement released yesterday evening (10/05), a spokesperson Thames Valley Police explained the problems that many elderly residents are facing as they said: "Bletchley NHPT is raising awareness to help prevent incidents of distraction burglaries/rogue traders in the local area.
"As we come out of lockdown we have seen an increase in these incidents. These include reports of workmen attending the addresses of the victims offering to carry out repairs to their property.
"Victims have then found that jewellery, cash and other items have been stolen. In some cases, large sums of money have been handed over with no work being completed or attempted."
Due to the number of reports they are receiving, Thames Valley Police have issued the following advice to residents:
We are investigating these incidents, but would like to advise our residents:
• Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot
• Discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader
• Don’t ever go to the bank or cashpoint with a trader, legitimate traders will never do this
• Don’t allow anyone to pressure you in to agreeing to have work carried out. If you ask them to leave and they don’t then call police on 999
If you are ever searching for reputable contractors/handypersons in the local area, then you can contact Age UK Milton Keynes Handy persons Services on 01908 550 700.
Alternatively, you can call the Trading Standards Institute for more advice and information about rogue traders on 0808 223 1133.