POLICE in the Vale of Glamorgan are warning householders not to fall victim to unscrupulous rogue traders who call at their homes offering to carry out work.

The warning comes after an elderly resident in the Vale was a targeted by two men offering to carry out some gardening work and maintenance.

Acting Inspector Darren Grady of South Wales Police said: “Rogue traders use unscrupulous tactics and target residents, particularly the elderly or vulnerable, and deliberately overcharge for unsatisfactory services. They are often linked to distraction burglaries.

“Distraction burglars use tactics to deceive the victim to get into their home to steal valuables. They claim to be from the water board, the electricity company, council or other organisations and they will try to pressurise the person who answers the door.

“I want to raise public awareness of doorstep crime and provide reassurance that South Wales Police is dedicated to tackling these offences.”

When a stranger calls at your door, follow the Police Doorstep Code:

● When someone unexpectedly calls at your door, take a look out of the window. If you do not recognise them, don’t open your door to them.

● Make sure both your front and back doors are locked.

● If you don’t know them, ask them to leave.

● If the person refuses to go away, ring South Wales Police immediately on 101. Try to provide a description of the person or vehicle.

● Talk to your family and friends and consider talking to your neighbours.