ALERT! Doorstep Criminals Active in Margate and Broadstairs

ALERT! Doorstep Criminals Active in Margate and BroadstairsWe have had reports of doorstep criminals calling at homes in Margate and Broadstairs

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04 DECEMBER 2020

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Doorstep Criminals Active in Margate & Broadstairs

We have had reports of doorstep criminals calling at homes in Margate and Broadstairs.

What happens:

  • Someone knocks at your door.
  • He says he is a builder and says there is a problem with your roof.
  • He becomes quite forceful and insistent that you go outside and look.
  • He is resistant to leaving your property.

What to do: 

  • Do not respond to cold callers.
  • Report to Kent Police on 101.
  • If you ask them to leave and they don’t, contact the police on 999.
  • If you need work carrying out always get three quotes.
  • Find a trader who is Trading Standards Checked.

Please warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.


Please watch this heartbreaking video, it’s based on real crimes committed against Kent residents. Learn to spot the signs of doorstep crime and stop these criminals in their tracks! 

We know doorstep criminals tell us our roof tiles are loose, our chimney stacks are dangerous, our trees are diseased and our driveways need jet washing.

Help keep your community safe. Report doorstep criminals as soon as you see them or tell your local Community Warden or Police Officer.

Even if you’re not sure if they are a criminal tell us anyway, we want to know.

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