Police warn against tradesperson scam


TWEED POLICE are warning residents to be wary of people door-knocking and offering home repairs after a series of thefts across northern NSW.

Senior Constable and Crime Prevention Officer Bradley Foster said police have received several reports of this nature, particularly by elderly residents.

“We have received reports of a person’s posing as a tradesperson, knocking on doors and offering to repair faults,” he said.

“In some cases, the tradesperson has invited the homeowner out of the house to view the supposed faults on the property that need repairing, while another person has entered the house and stolen belongings.”

Senior Constable Foster said people who become a victim of theft or fraud from a tradesperson should report the matter to police.

“These people target the most vulnerable community members and need to be accountable for their actions,” he said.

Tweed Byron LAC police also recommend the following:

  • If you are home alone, never admit it to an unknown person at your house, or give away your movements to unknown people on the phone.
  • Never let anyone into your home until you have confirmed their identity.
  • Ask for identification of any tradesperson offering work.
  • If suspicious of any person at your door, try to remember the description and registration number of any vehicles
  • If in doubt, always contact the police.

Anyone noticing anything suspicious is urged to contact Tweed Byron Police on 07 5536 0999, or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.