Updated August 11, 2018 17:23:01

A man who allegedly tricked retirement home residents into believing he worked for a pest control company has been charged with a string of burglary offences.

Police said during July and August the 41-year-old man told residents and staff at the retirement village in Kingsley, in Perth’s north, that he needed access to homes to check for white ant infestations.

Police alleged he stole cash while inside the properties.

The Greenwood man faced 17 charges including seven aggravated burglary offences and was due to face court on Saturday.

He was granted bail to face court at a later date.

Lanie Chopping from the Department of Consumer Protection said she constantly warned the public about people who went to their homes offering to sell products.

“Often what we see is people being ripped off through door-to-door sales,” she said.

“Either people aren’t who they say they are or they’re not actually complying with the law in relation to door-to-door sales, so it’s really important to remind people to be wary if someone comes knocking to sell them something.”

Ms Chopping said people could get a “Do not knock” sticker from the department to stop unsolicited offers from door-to-door salespeople.

“Then if they come, they’re doing something illegal and we can actually fine them for that,” she said.

“Some of the warning signs are someone who looks a bit shifty, they’re trying to get through the door, really trying to get access to your premises, they’re not wearing any badges or labels as identification that shows where they’re from.”

Ms Chopping said there had been an increase in the number of people filing complaints about people coming to their doors.

Topics: fraud-and-corporate-crime, police, courts-and-trials, kingsley-6026

First posted August 11, 2018 17:14:07

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