Dyfed Powys Police have been made aware of rogue traders operating in our area; incidents have been reported in Llanrhystud, Talgarreg, Parc y Rhos, Cwmann & Llandysul.

We ask that you circulate amongst your members/ neighbours the following information: The vehicle used in the Talgarreg & Parc y Rhos area has been described as a white van with black panels, possibly a transit style. There were two male occupants in the vehicle. The male who has approached the elderly residents is described as white, aged early 20’s, approx. 5’6″ tall, West Wales accent, not fluent welsh.

These persons are cold calling individuals who travel long distances offering work at what appears to be a reasonable price. They fail to give the consumer a written quote or allotted cooling off period and try and start work there and then. The price of the job tends also to increase. They are targeting vulnerable residents, such as the elderly in our communities.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who has been cold called recently or had a flyer put through their letterbox offering to carry out work for services such as gardening, home repairs, roofing, driveways or similar.

It maybe that you know or have seen an elderly or vulnerable neighbour that is having or had work carried out at their property which is not required or something that does not look quite right! If so, please help by contacting Lampeter Police neighbourhood policing team as soon as possible.

Our advice would always be NEVER DEAL WITH ANY TRADERS THAT COME TO YOUR DOORSTEP. Always use reliable tradesmen who provide a quote before work commences. DO NOT DEAL WITH COLD CALLERS. Do not allow anyone into your address without first checking for ID. IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT! and call the Police on 999 or 101 the non emergency number.

If any suspicious vans are in your area, if possible please attempt to take the registration numbers down, or take a picture of the van and report it immediately to the Police.

If you would like me to call with you to discuss anything, please contact me by email or ringing 101.

Kind regards

Eleri

PCSO 8106 Bonning