Police in East Sussex are warning local residents to be aware of rogue traders carrying out sub-standard or overcharged repair work at homes following the recent windy weather.
And officers also warn of the danger that the unwanted visitors may enter and steal at the same time.
The advice follows an incident just outside of Eastbourne, on the morning of Monday (24 February) in which several thousand pounds cash was stolen from inside the home of an elderly couple, while substandard work was being carried out on some trellis fencing for which they were charged £1900 cash.
Detective Constable Elliott Lander said; “Please do not get involved with cold callers offering to carry out work. Keep them out and if anxious dial 999.
“We’d also like to hear from anyone else in the local areas who has been approached out of the blue recently by men with a van who offer to carry out work of any type. You can contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 298 of 24/02.”
For further advice on how to protect yourself against such unwanted visitors see the Sussex Police website.
A man aged 62 has been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation, and burglary, and after being interviewed has been released under investigation.
Enquiries are continuing.