Police issue warning over rogue traders in Thanet

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Police are advising Thanet residents to check cold callers are genuine following a number of incidents across the isle.

It was reported that at around 4pm on Tuesday, September 10, a man knocked on the door of a property in the Beacon Road area of Broadstairs, selling items including cleaning products from a holdall.

The resident reported that when they declined to buy anything, the man became confrontational and he was verbally abusive before leaving.

A similar report was made by a resident in the Millmead Road area of Margate at around 7pm the same day.

Kent Police Inspector Jason Brown of Thanet Community Safety Unit said: “While people who canvass door to door can be genuine, some might not be, and so we advise residents to be cautious about who they open the door to.

“Callers should – at the very least – produce proof of identification which can be traced.

“Do not be afraid to ask them to wait outside or come back later while you call the company supplying the ID card to check. Close the door and use the door chain if you have one. If they are genuine callers, they will not mind you doing this.

“If you see anything suspicious taking place in your street, report it to Kent Police on 101 or via the website, or 999 if a crime is taking place.”


Consider fitting extra security measures such as spy holes, door locks and intruder alarms and always check the identity of cold callers. Don’t be afraid to turn people away.

Always ensure rear doors and windows are shut and locked when answering your front door.

If you have any doubts about whether a caller is genuine, ask them to leave and come back at a time convenient to you and when you’ve had a chance to ask someone to be with you. Call police if you suspect cold callers may be bogus

For further advice, visit the Kent Police website.