_Region I residents be aware of man posing as a handyman
Residents and business owners in the Central West and North Central areas of Austin should be aware of a recent crime trend in the area: A male posing as a handyman is approaching residents and business owners soliciting yard work and other small construction projects (such as painting, fence repair, deck installations, etc…).
The male is asking for money up front. In some cases, he continues to ask for more money to cover alleged material costs and labor. Sometimes he overcharges for a completed job. In other cases, he receives payment up front and never completes the work. The male is targeting the older residents.
Get a service contract in writing, with an itemized listing of material and labor cost.
Before work is started, contact the Better Business Bureau and check the complaint history of any company.
If work is being performed by an individual, ask to see Identification and verify contact phone numbers and addresses if possible. “
Contact Information: APD Region I District Representatives 512-974-5340