Fake inspectors reported

Wanaka police were yesterday afternoon unaware of a complaint two fake building inspectors were approaching home owners in the Wanaka area.

Queenstown Lakes District Council communications manager Naell Crosby-Roe told the Otago Daily Times he had personally contacted police and had his information recorded on the crime reporting line.

However, Wanaka police said they were not aware of the issue.

Mr Crosby-Roe, in a statement yesterday, said the council had received reports of individuals posing as council building inspectors in the Wanaka area to gain access to private residences.

"Both a male and female have sought to access homes within the last month to undertake an inspection for compliance."

There had been one "confirmed attempt" and further anecdotal instances.

Mr Crosby-Roe said the individuals had no confirmed appointment, identification or uniform.

"All inspections or visits undertaken by the building consent team will be booked by prior appointment and the council officer will be able to produce identification."

Mr Crosby-Roe said police had been notified and he advised any resident receiving an unscheduled visit from an individual claiming to be from the consent team but with no identification to contact police.

The homeowner who complained to the council declined to provide further comment.

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