The Deep River Police are reminding local residents to be cautious when hiring contractors or workers over social media.
The warning comes on the heels of Deep River Police discovering that “many residents of Deep River and across Renfrew County hired people over social media (or) flyers dropped off, and the workers either failed to complete the work, had poor workmanship, or did not show up to do the work at all.”
In all cases, police say, the victims gave the contractors major deposits of cash.
In a Facebook post Thursday, the Deep River Police said they were looking for local residents who had hired a specific contractor, named as Kyle Stencell, to do work on home renovations or repairs.
However, in a statement late Saturday, police said they will not comment further on the specific case.
“The Deep River Police Service are investigating several complaints regarding a contractor working in the valley, however we will not be releasing any further information at this time as the incidents are currently still under investigation,” the statement said.
“Police are asking the public to be vigilant. Hire contractors who give proper references, check out the references and never give major deposits until work is complete.
“Also get all pertinent information from the contractor including their names, addresses, telephone numbers or contact information and insurance policies, covering them while they are working on your property.”
To speak with the Deep River Police regarding this issue, local residents are urged to call the police service at 613-584-3500.