Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders
People in Northamptonshire are being urged to look out for rogue doorstep traders preying on elderly and vulnerable neighbours as part of National Consumer Week (3-7 November).
With as many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime being reported nationally every year, the Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders campaign, which is being backed by Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards team, encourages neighbours, friends, families and carers to help discourage rogue traders.
These traders often cold call and offer to carry out repairs which are poor quality, unnecessary and charged at extortionate prices, sometimes even driving the victim to the bank to withdraw money or threatening them.
People with an elderly or vulnerable neighbour are being asked to pass on gentle crime prevention reminders and if they have concerns that they may be a victim of a rogue trader they should contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06. If a crime is in progress, then dial 999.
DAN leaflets, postcards and ‘No Cold Calling’ stickers are available from Trading Standards by calling 0300 126 1000 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
People can also call to get the name of Trading Standards approved traders selected from the Buy With Confidence scheme. Alternatively, visit the website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders
The Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders campaign is a partnership between Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards, the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), Citizens Advice and the National Trading Standards Board.