Dodgy tree trimmers

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Po­lice are warn­ing peo­ple to keep an eye out for sus­pi­cious tree trimmers charg­ing ex­or­bi­tant prices for prun­ing work.

Avon­dale po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Ross Endi­cott-Davies says the trimmers make un­so­licited vis­its to peo­ple’s homes of­fer­ing to do cash jobs and are be­lieved to be tar­get­ing the el­derly.

In one case a 96-year-old man who lives alone and suf­fers from Alzheimers was charged $2500 for work that ap­pears to be worth a few hun­dred dollars.

The tree trimmers re­port­edly de­manded pay­ment in cash and be­came con­fronta­tional with the man.

Mr Endi­cott-Davies says those who are ap­proached by peo­ple of­fer­ing this type of ser­vice should ask for a busi­ness card or other cre­den­tials and get a car regis­tra­tion.

‘‘Some might be le­git­i­mate but if you’re at all sus­pi­cious call po­lice,’’ he says.

Cus­tomers should agree on a price be­fore the work is done and get it in writ­ing.

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