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Alert message sent 04/02/2020 09:49:00

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To the recipients of the Alert Bulletin in the Arun District Council Area.

A lady living in Aldwick Parish recently reported  to Arun West Neighbourhood Watch  Association the following :

“There is a man who comes round our community every few months offering to buy broken gold chains, rings and coins etc. He is quite tall with dark hair somewhere in his fifties. A very  good persuasive talker who drives a light blue small saloon car with registration number HK54WZX. Sometimes he is wearing an identification badge with the name Lee Smith of Lee`s Collectables.

This man visited a friend of mine, a gentleman in his 70`s and was shown a set of gold coins. My friend was talked into letting this man take away the coins while just leaving a deposit. The man came back the following week and paid some more money but not all of it. He promised to come back the following day to pay a balance of £200.
This man knocks on all the doors in the neighbourhood and around here there are quite a few elderly and vulnerable people. I think he makes a living out of duping elderly residents into handling over jewellery and antiques at a low cost or promises to come back and pay but doesn`t.

I spotted this man a week ago calling again on my neighbours. I spoke to him and asked why he hadn`t paid my friend. He said he was on his way to just that. He then dashed off, got in his car and drove away. He didn`t go to see my friend at all.

My point is here that people in the area ought to be aware of this shonky dealer.”

The Sussex Police advice on protecting Vulnerable Victims of Doorstep Traders 

Whilst some doorstep traders are genuine,doorstep criminals will use any excuse to enter your home to steal, offer to purchase old jewellery offer to carry out  house repairs or garden maintenance and then charge inflated prices.
Bognor doorstep callers will often use a fake ID. Genuine callers won`t mind if you take the time to establish their identity by calling their employer.
Remember-its always OK to say NO and tell them to leave. If you have a chain on your door always leave it on if you need to open the door. As a principle never employ passing traders who cold call and never feel pressured to say yes.

If you feel threatened by a cold caller, call 999.  If the cold caller has left your property but he or she appeared suspicious to you call 101 or E-mail the police on or use the reporting section of the Sussex Police website. Giving the police as much information about the cold callers description , type of service they offered and mode of transport. Make a note of the police Reference number given to you.

Drew Millar  Arun West Neighbourhood Watch Association/

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