On July 4, 2019, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Grande Prairie Rural RCMP responded to an incident involving a travelling group offering paving services at discounted prices.
Individuals are travelling door to door offering residential paving for a fraction of the cost claiming to be associated to reputable paving businesses. These individuals are often travelling in rental vehicles and using rental equipment.
They demand payment up front, either never complete the job or do a sub par job, and leave with your money.
RCMP would like to advise the public these types of transactions are occurring in Grande Prairie and the surrounding areas.
RCMP would also like to advise the public to take precautions prior to hiring any individual or company for residential improvement work.
RCMP are offering the following tips;
If the deal is too good to be true, it probably is
Research any company/contractor prior to hiring them
Ask for references
Make efforts to know who you are speaking to
Ask to see their business license and identification
Take steps to verify information prior to hiring a company
Do not pay up front prior to the start of a job
If you have any information about similar incidents or need to report a crime, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or call your local police detachment.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store