Police have urged residents to look out for elderly neighbours in the fight against doorstep crime after a Burgh le Marsh OAP was targeted by rogue traders last week.
The incident took place after Lincolnshire Police’s Operation Rogue Trader week began on Monday, but the elderly man sstill adly fell victim to the practice during the week.
The victim, who is in his nineties, was visited at his Storeys Lane home in Burgh by two young males who told him his carport roof was damaged and needed repairing.
They were given cash for materials and labour but, rather than carrying out proper work, they simply laid some plastic corrugated roofing on the top of the car port. This sheeting already belonged to the victim and the offenders took it from his garage.
PC Dave Dixon, from Skegness Police Station, said, “It is a sad irony that this offence took place during a week where police and Trading Standards are raising awareness of doorstep crime.
“Although there is excellent advice available on how to protect yourself from rogue traders, it is worth remembering that elderly and vulnerable members of our communities find it hardest dealing with callers at the door and they are at the greatest risk.”
He urged people to look out for elderly neighbours.
He also called on people to be vigilant to any suspicious activity going on at their address. Always report concerns to police as quickly as possible on 101”.