THOUSANDS of euro have been paid in deposits by Cork homeowners to bogus traders for work that has not been carried out.
And in at least one case, work carried out by bogus traders was of such poor quality that the work had to be demolished.
Now, gardaí in Cork city are carrying out an operation today targeting bogus traders.
A garda spokesman said one man was arrested and questioned yesterday as part of ongoing investigations into the activities of rogue traders.
The man, who was in his 40s, was arrested in Cork and detained in Mayfield garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
He was released without charge and a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
There have been several incidents across the city this year involving bogus traders.
Crime Prevention Clinics are being held at locations across the city, including Blackpool, Wilton and Merchants Quay shopping centres.
Multi-agency checkpoints are also being carried out across the Cork City Division involving local Garda Units, Garda Roads Policing, local Detectives and Department of Social Welfare personnel.
The Garda Crime Prevention Officer for Cork city, Sergeant Brian McSweeney said, "Despite recent warnings, people are still allowing bogus and rogue traders access to their homes. In many cases they carry out poorly finished works at inflated prices. In other cases, large deposits are taken and no work carried out.”
He continued: “One of the best crime prevention tools we have is good neighbours. If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours and see or hear about bogus traders operating in your area, let them know and always contact local Gardaí.” He also urged people not to be embarrassed if they have been duped by rogue traders.
He said: “Ask people for help, do not be alone.”
For further crime prevention advice regarding bogus traders and callers see this Garda document.