Police in Hedge End are urging homeowners to double check the credentials of tradesmen offering gardening services.
It follows reports of rogue traders operating in the area. It appears older residents are being targeted in particular.
Sergeant Barbara Hardcastle of the Safer Streets team based in Eastleigh said:
“We would advise homeowners not to accept offers of work from door to door tradesmen. Instead, if you need work to be done in your garden or home use a reputable recommended business.
“Be particularly wary if the person will only accept cash. If you are at all concerned about someone calling at your door do not hand over any money and contact police with details.”
The warning follows an incident in Lynton Road, Hedge End on Friday, May 13. A woman in her 90s agreed a price to cut a hedge with a man who called at the door with two other men.
The woman then agreed a price for further work in her garden and the man said he would only accept cash, offering to drive her to the cash point. His two colleagues were left outside the locked address.
When the woman returned home £120 was missing from her house.
Anyone wanting consumer advice or wishing to check the list of approved traders can do so by calling Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06. The list can also be found at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk.
Anyone who receives a call from a door to door salesperson they are suspicious of or notices suspicious activity should contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers, the charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.