The ‘traders’ are making appointments to price up work, sometimes then taking deposits for work and not returning, or using the appointment to carry out distraction type burglaries.
PCSO Jeanie Thompson said: “We urge anyone thinking of taking on any traders to fully check them out before hand, take receipts for everything and if possible get a signed contract in place for any work to be undertaken.
“Arming yourself by knowing your rights will help the process go much smoother. Remember all traders must give you a 14-day cooling-off period.
“The police are more than happy to discuss and give any advice you may need in relation to any work you may agree to have done on your home. We recommend having someone else present throughout any meetings and exchanging of money or agreeing on work to be done.”
Anyone with concerns is asked to call the police number 101.