Bogus workmen target property owners in Washington

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Police are warning residents in Washington to be on their guard for bogus workmen.

The advice comes after an incident in the Albany area that happened at around 4pm on Tuesday, June 2, when two men carried out substandard work on the roof of a property and then over-charged the occupants for the work.

Police believe the men may have tried to carry out work at other properties in the area and are appealing for anyone with any information into the two men to contact them with information.

Anyone who saw the men, or who has any information that could help police identify them, is asked to ring 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 744 02/06/15.

Officers have been carrying out extra patrols in the area, making inquiries with local residents, and passing on crime prevention advice.

People are urged to be vigilant when approached by workmen cold calling and offering to carry out repairs or work on their home.

Always get quotes from a number of companies or tradespeople before agreeing to have any work done, check the identities of any workmen and the company’s credentials.

Never agree to work being done by people who cold call, and never leave people alone in the house, even for a few seconds.

Look out for elderly relatives and neighbours and report any suspicious people or vehicles they see in their community to police. If in doubt contact officers.