Keep Kent safe – spot the signs of doorstep crime.


Keep Kent safe – spot the signs of doorstep crime.Advice from KCC Community Warden Paul, on how to avoid becoming a victim of doorstep criminals. <!–

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15 APRIL 2021

Dear Kent Residents, 

Doorstep criminals prey on vulnerable people, and we can all be vulnerable at times.  Victims who fall for doorstep crime are often experiencing poor physical or mental health. They may have suffered a bereavement, are lonely, or feel isolated. Frequently they live alone. I have seen the terrible effect of doorstep crime – we need to stop it from happening.
Today I am sharing the story of an elderly couple, Kevin and Jane, who live in my district. I hope that this will help you will avoid falling victim to these heartless criminals. 

Help us stamp out doorstep crime in Kent – please stay vigilant and safe.

Paul Sharrad
Community Warden – KCC Community Safety



A victim’s story – Kevin and Jane

Kevin & Jane have lived in their home for 60 years. They were recently targeted by doorstep criminals. The criminals had a sign written van so to Kevin and Jane they appeared to be genuine, but they weren’t.

Every year in Kent elderly & vulnerable people are targets of doorstep criminals. Doorstep crime is a particularly cruel and devious fraud, which can see people lose their life savings, feel unsafe in their home and be left with poor quality work to their property.

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



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