Two men have been charged with a rogue trader offence following their arrest after their van went through an ANPR camera in Sawbridgeworth on January 24.
The men were wanted following an incident in Woolmer Green on September 19, 2014, where an elderly lady was persuaded to pay for gardening work, which was never carried out.
Billy Bowers, aged 20 and Herbert Bowers aged 64, from Oak Tree Close, Bishopâ€™s Stortford, have been charged with fraud by false representation.
They appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on January 26 and have been bailed to appear at Stevenage Magistrates Court on April 7.
Chief Inspector Gerry McDonald said: â€œI would urge people to keep an eye out for their older or vulnerable neighbours and contact police if they see work being done toÂ a neighbourâ€™s home, or any activity, which appears suspicious. Weâ€™d rather you contact police and it turn out to be legitimate, than not at all.â€
Whilst incidents of distraction burglary remain low in Hertfordshire people are urged to take note of the following advice to reduce the risk of becoming a victim:
Not sure? Donâ€™t open the door! - If you are not expecting anyone and you donâ€™t recognise them, donâ€™t let them into your home.Â Try to communicate with the caller without opening the door and ask them to return at a time when you have someone you trust with you.
If you are expecting a caller – If a person you are expecting comes at the time you have arranged, ask to see their identification before you let them in.
Never keep large amounts of cash at home.Â Put your money in an account where it is safe.
Never consider having work done on your house or garden by anyone who knocks on your door. You can find a reputable trader through Trustmark 01344 630 804 or visit www.trustmark.org.uk
Call 999 if you suspect a crime is in progress or you believe someone is acting suspiciously around your neighbourâ€™s property.