Doorstep criminals targeting Kent residents with “cross over” driveway work

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Dropped kerb

We have had reports of cold callers in the Dartford area, offering to carry out ‘cross over’ drive way works.

How it works:

The resident is cold called and offered a ‘deal’ to lower the kerb in front of their house.
High-pressure sales tactics are used but the installation and adjustments are unlawful.
The right way to have a kerb dropped is to contact your district council planning department before applying to KCC, you may require planning permission for a dropped kerb.
Visit KCC website and follow the ‘Apply for dropped kerb’.


  • ALWAYS refuse on the spot repairs.
  • Don’t allow anyone to pressure you into having work done. If you ask them to leave and they don’t, contact the police on 999.
  • Legitimate traders would never ask you to go to the bank or cash point.
  • Use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade
  • Ask for quotes in writing and check that the tradesperson is from the company they say they are from
  • Warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours living in the area.

Say No to doorstop criminals

If you feel afraid or threatened by a doorstep caller, phone 999.

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

East Peckham and Hadlow
Sandra Edmonds
07969 584183

or call the Police.

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Hadlow Parish Council
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Hadlow Old School Hall
Hadlow, Kent
TN11 0EH

Telephone: 01732 851878


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