In light of recent storms, Harker Heights Police Chief Mike Gentry told Kiwanis Club members at their regular meeting Wednesday to be wary of anybody who comes to their door soliciting home repair.

“It’s reached the point where we’ve had reports of roofing contractors getting into bidding wars on the front porch of a person’s house just so they could get the job,” Gentry said.

Gentry emphasized to never take things at face value when someone knocks on the door and tries to sell their services.

Then Gentry warned the club to be on the lookout for frauds who say they are interested in fixing the roof when in fact that is not at all their intention.

“In the worst-case scenario, if you’re not home when they come by the first time, they will come back,” he said. “You’re not home when they come back next time and it results in them kicking in your front door and burglarizing your home.”

Residents should have their guard up when money is asked for up front as a way to wave an insurance deductible.

“If you pay them, they take your down payment and they’re never seen or heard from again,” Gentry said.

Skepticism is definitely healthy and there’s nothing wrong with asking people who they are and for them to provide contact information, Gentry said.

“It is not rude to be cautious,” he said.

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