Bogus gardeners operating locally again – be vigilant

Many bogus callers can appear very plausible. Warn the elderly and vulnerable to be careful. Image from West Midlands Police.

Partnerships officer Kevin Pitt has sent details that suggest the bogus gardener scam is running again locally, and this often targets homes in our area particularly those of the elderly and vulnerable.

The latest incident took place in Short Heath but it’s worth flagging up with elderly friend and relatives.

Kevin said:

Kevin Pitt said:

If you saw or heard anything or have any information about the below incident please call our non emergency number 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at their website here.

Reference: WS/153254X/17
Location: Littleton Road, Short Heath
Date and time: between 9.45 and 10.30am on Wed 19 July

Details: the offender has knocked on the front door and on it being opened has entered the house uninvited. He stated that he is a gardener and needs £200, the occupant stated they didn’t have £200 and the intruder left. It is believed nothing was stolen.

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Message sent by
Kevin Pitt (Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Walsall)

Please tell your relatives and neighbours about these ratbags, and impress upon them how important it is not to buy from, or accept services at the door, no matter how plausible the people offering them. Genuine companies will always contact you by other means.

Explain that no official body will turn up unannounced demanding money for services like gardening, drain cleaning, tree pruning etc., and that if they are at all unsure of any caller, to close the door and contact the police.

Scumbags engaged in the robbing of OAPs are lower than a snake’s knees.

Please,  if you have any further information relating to these incidents, or if you witnessed something  please contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 (999 in an emergency, obviously) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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