Amongst the scams highlighted by Hampshire Trading Standards at the Neighbourhood Watch meeting on 8th April was the ‘Loose Roof Tile Trick’. Someone knocks on your door with a broken roof tile in his hand saying it looks to have fallen off your roof and how dangerous this might be. He offers to check the roof and of course says it is in a bad state and needs work. If the victim falls for it, the usual excessive charges and aggressive demands follow.
Although this sounds hard to believe someone tried it on an elderly couple in Monxton last week, fortunately they did not fall for it and the incident was reported to me. The only information available was that the individual concerned was male and driving a small white van. He said that he would come back and if he does a better description and the van registration number will be made available.
If anyone has had a similar experience please let me know or report it to the police on 101.
Never ever buy goods or services at the door. I have stickers available from HCC to put on your front door to try and deter cold callers, let me know if you would like one.
If you have a thatched roof you can probably ignore this!